So this is what I get for being nosey...
A writer friend of mine posted on the ever enlightening FB, that she would be attending The Algonkian Niagara Writer's Conference at the end of October. Being the nosey parker I am I read the comments and found a link to the site. Found out it's being held 3 hrs away from where I live. Awesome! It's a small conference, about 15-30 writers are accepted. 'Serious writer's' need only apply. So I did, thinking I wouldn't get in, and second, if I did, I'd get a boat load of knowledge and it might even be fun.
I got in! Super happy...even cried. Then came the 'pre-conference work' they talked about. I thought, 'Ok, start working on a pitch, maybe think about the type of genre I write etc , etc, etc...'
Not even close. I have to read 4 books, a manual, spend hours pursing books stores looking at other books and reading the first 10 pages and writing, in detail, what made the protagonist original and likeable, work on a pitch and finish my MS. All in the span of 7 weeks.
I know it sounds like I'm whining...I kinda am. Mostly I'm overwhelmed and nervous that I don't have what it takes to be the 'serious writer' they define.
Hubby just told me to take one thing at a time, and do what I can. To remember that they need me too. They need to make a good impression on me as well. So if I put the work in, so would they. Dammit I hate when he's right. LOL...
So off I go to be a 'serious writer'. I have an impossible time taking myself seriously so this could be a real battle between my self and my adult-self I keep caged 24/7 in the back of my mind. Wish me luck!
How many of you have gone to conferences? Did you find them helpful or was it a money grab? Do you prefer smaller venues or bigger show stoppers like RWA's annual conference in NYC?
I wanna hear about your conference experiences.