Why bother going to a conference?
Authors spend a lot of money to attend conferences. As a teacher, I did the same thing but the school district paid for it. When an author goes to a conference, they pay all expenses. So is it worth it? Why bother? The answer to that depends where you are in your writing career. I attended the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas last week for several reasons.
1. I wanted to meet up with my agent. Steve Laube is based out of Phoenix, AZ, so we don’t get to see each other much. Conference is a good time to touch base, discuss upcoming contracts, and talk about baseball cards. (Wait–that was Steve and my husband who talked baseball cards.)
2. I wanted to meet my new Harlequin editors. I just began writing my first book for Harlequin/Love Inspired, and I hadn’t had a chance to meet them yet. Now I can better picture who is sending me emails, edits, and hopefully more contracts.
3. I did actually attend a few classes. Okay, I spent a little time a the swimming pool too. Some of the classes that I attended and enjoyed were Intermediate Self Publishing, Patrol & Crime Scene Work, Compelling Clues & Convincing Evidence. Yup. There might be more mysteries in my future.
4. One of the best things about attending conference is seeing other authors. This is a pretty solitary profession, and most of us live in different cities. It’s not often that we’re able to get together. Conference is a wonderful time to catch up with each other and re-establish friendships.
Now it’s your turn. Have you ever attended a conference? Was it worthwhile? I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you a paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Mary Lou H.
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