Thursday, June 7, 2012

Conference Countdown!!!

It's very, very, very HARD to believe, but it's true.

The time for my very first writer's conference is almost here (and also the very first time I get to meet my critique partners face-to-face....squeeee!)

Over the last few weeks I've been busy researching and preparing, and as I'm scouring the internet for nuggets of wisdom, I thought maybe, just maybe, some of you were finding yourselves in the same position right now too. Maybe not MY conference per se, but maybe YOUR first writer's conference. (Mine is the Writers' League of Texas 2012 Agents Conference...please DO tell me if you'll be there too so we can meet up.)

With all my beta reader and critique feedback already threaded into my novel and my edits and synopsis done...this week has been all about the ONE SHEET.

Heard of it? My awesome friend Charity was sweet enough to share hers with me and give me some tips and things to think about when going to my first conference.

Here's a few other helpful links I found about preparing One Sheets and what to bring to a conference:
http://stevelaube.com/conquering-conference-jitters/
http://www.rachellegardner.com/2011/08/what-should-i-bring-to-a-conference/
http://writerinterrupted.com/2011/09/12/what-goes-on-a-one-sheet/

Other great conference advice I've found:
http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2010/08/writers-conference-tips-10-dos-and.html
http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/interviews/a/rhinterview.htm
http://www.yahighway.com/2012/05/theme-week-conference-tips-for-writers.html
http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/2012/03/25-ways-to-rock-writers-conferences.html
http://annieneugebauer.com/2012/05/22/10-tips-for-attending-a-writers-conference/

Thanks to all the amazing help/advice out there on the internets, there's no reason not to be *somewhat* prepared, right? A HUGE THANK YOU to all the above people/sites for sharing all these tips/tricks. I know there's tons more out there, but for now, I'm off to tweak my One Sheet for maybe the millionth time. Because clearly, obsessing is something I do well.

Anyone else going to their first conference this summer? Feel free to share thoughts/tips/advice in the comments. Or just say hi. I occasionally like to know I'm not talking to myself. *waves*

8 comments:

  1. You sound very prepared. I've been to a local (Chicago) conference, which was wonderful, put on by an RWA chapter. I have not heard of a one sheet though. Thanks for the links!

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    1. I'm glad I sound prepared because I still don't FEEL like I am! HA! Can't wait to share all about it when I get back.

      And Chicago? *jealous*

      It's on my list of places I'm dying to visit, but I have't been yet! :)

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  2. I went to the DFW Conference in Dallas earlier this month. It was awesome. I didn't see any of my blogging buddies there, though. I'm envious of that for you! Enjoy!! :)

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    1. We just missed each other!!! I've been hearing the DFW conference was awesome...maybe I should "cruise" on by the blog and see if you've posted some nuggets of wisdom?!?

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  3. I don't know anything about conferences. I want to hear all about yours when you get back. Have fun!

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    1. That makes two of us! *grin*

      I'll definitely post all about it when I get back...hopefully with lots of photos! (Depending on that Texas heat and how I handle it...lol)

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  4. Oh how I love writer's conferences! You're going to have so much fun!! I was not NEAR as prepared as you are. Excited to have these links.
    Catherine Denton

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  5. I suppose I should look at all those links.... *feels overwhelmed*

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