This year I decided to take my writing to the next level and attend a major conference, namely the 2014 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (link). The goal is to learn and absorb as much as I can from the speakers and my fellow attendees and, if possible, snag an agent for my recently completed novel. So far, I have learned quite a bit about the art of selling my book to agents and publishers and how to networks to gain visibility. Okay, I already knew that last one, but applying my consulting skills to my writing career had really never occurred to me.
A few other things I didn’t expect…
- There are a LOT of women here. Honestly, I am so used to working in a male dominated field, that I didn’t know how to react when I saw how many women there were. I wonder what that says about me?
- Many of these are older/retirement aged people. I find that fascinating. In most careers, -waiting until your mid -thirties to get started (like me) would mean a long painful road. I just assumed, as with technology, I would be an “old” person in a sea of younguns. Not. Even. Close.
- There are a number of black people here. Again, I came with the assumption that I would be a brown face in a sea of non-brown faces, but no so. And that makes me happy. I’m glad to see that there are not only black attendees, but black agents and a black speaker to close out the conference. My faith in humanity has thusly been restored. This is NY, so I’m sure it’ll fade once again.
So despite the current threat of Ebola in NY (WTF is that all about??) and planes falling out of the sky seemingly daily, this is the best use of money I’ve done in a long while. I want this writing thing to kick off more and more each day. Even if I fail to grab any interest in my book and all I hear is stuff I already knew (Totally not going to happen, BTW) I am so happy to be here I’m about to burst. In a good way.