Seriously, ask anyone who was there. I. Was. Flying. It might have had something to do with attending my first conference. Or meeting all my online friends. Or all the awesome workshops I attended. Or not having to cook for myself. Or make my own bed. Or maybe it was getting so much help on my pitch and query. Or having people squeal with me when my pitch went well. REALLY well. :)
I had planned to make the most of this conference. And looking back on it all, I'm pretty sure I did.
- Query and critique camp.
|From author sighting to a picture together.|
My kids were ecstatic. Okay, so was it. :)
- WINNING A BOOK! If you follow me on Facebook you saw all my pictures. They were not only part of making memories but of a scavenger hunt. I like winning things. Just so you know. :) Some of the pictures I've reposted here. And some I've spared you. :)
- Free M&M's at the front desk. This is epic. Just epic. What is a writer's conference without chocolate!
- Meeting your heroes.
Sarah Eden's books are not only fantastic, but they played a major role in my staying sane during my difficult pregnancy with the twins and then subsequently their loss. Her stories brought laughter into my laugh and hope to a person who was struggling to hold on to every bit she could. Meeting Sarah in person was a dream and what an awesome gal! She was just as wonderful as her writings and her classes had me in stitches. I am forever changed for knowing her.
|My first award!!!|
- I WON AN AWARD!!! Conferences are great opportunities to enter contests and let your work be seen and judged. I placed 2nd in the Young Adult category for the Beginning of Book Contest. What an honor! And yes, I was shaking for a loooooong time afterwards. Can you blame me? It's cool!!!
|Critique buddy Wendy Jorgensen and Me!!!|
There is something awesome about dressing up and becoming characters in books. You can do it at home, but I'm sorry, it's just not the same.
I could write an entire blogpost on everything that I learned at the conference, but it's better to just say, "GO TO ONE!" Experience the energy of the speakers. Ask questions on how to become a better writer, or how to best "Harness the crazy," as Brandon explained.
That's us. Crazy. We spend our time day dreaming and making up stories to help others escape, give them hope, laugh, cry, or to share personal experiences we think will help someone. Besides ourselves. I need to write. It's a need, not just a want. And after this first experience, a writer's conference has gone from a want to a need.