By Tracy Astle
Soooo, whatcha doing this weekend?
Gonna be in Arizona? Gonna be chatting up an agent? Gonna be meeting ANWA friends in person for the first time? Gonna be seeing old friends?
Ooo, I wish I was describing my weekend, but alas, when you work in an accounting office, time off the week before a tax deadline isn't really an option. *big sigh*
I've only been to one conference, sponsored by SCBWI last October in Nevada, and I was so jazzed to go I could hardly stand it. I went to that conference alone, but looking forward to meeting one of my ANWA sisters, Kristin Pryzbyla, there. She's still the only ANWA member I've had the chance to meet face to face. The conference was great, but I can't even imagine how much more exciting it would be to attend an ANWA conference - great speakers, pitching agents, and best of all, the chance to meet so many friends I only know online. (Shout out to the PMWriters online chapter!)
Anyway, conference related talk has been flying all around our ANWA groups recently, so I thought I'd throw a few questions out for you.
For first timers -
1) How are you feeling about going to your first conference?
2) What are you most excited/worried about?
3) What are you hoping to gain from going?
For repeat attenders -
1) How are subsequent conferences different from first ones?
2) What's the best part of conferences for you? (Okay, you can pick more than one if you must.)
3) Any sage advice for the fresh faced first timers?
I wish you all a wonderful time with much success and knowledge gained. And when you're at the conference (with a little liberty taken with the words of Andrew Lloyd Weber) -
Think of me, think of me working silent and resigned.
Think of me trying to hard to put it from my mind.
And on that day, that not so distant day when you are far away and free,
If you happen to remember, spare a thought for me.
...and write good conference related posts on your blogs. : )