Hey there. I'm headed this week to my first ever writer's conference -- AWP in Denver. Thousands of writers and publishing professionals in one conference center. That's thousands of traditionally solitary people spending days in crowded conference rooms, being social. Networking. Oh god. No wonder there's already so much chatter about where the good bars are. I guess that means there's going to be a lot of intense, brilliant, socially-awkward drinking. Duh.
(And hooking up? Is there a lot of hooking up? My interest is piqued. I remember the first time I went to an artist's colony for an extended stay. All my life, I'd heard about the wild drinking and hooking up. The drinking I witnessed -- okay, participated in -- the hooking up? Well, if it was happening, it sure wasn't happening where I could see it. I was married at the time, but still moderately disappointed.)
Okay, then. Let's meet up! Let's do that socially-awkward drinking thing! And network! Let's DO THAT! I've got some really cute new business cards, so I'm ready to rumble.
Seriously though, mostly I'm excited about all the fascinating-sounding panels. Oh! And I'm on one! Come see me talk:
Saturday, April 10th: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Street Level
S171. The Prosperous Writer: Career Strategies for Staying Flush. (Christina Katz, Jane Friedman, Ericka Lutz, Wendy Burt-Thomas) When you fuel your writing career with prosperous thinking, partner with like-minded others, and keep long-term success in mind, navigating a professional path becomes a pleasurable, expansive process. Four traditionally published writers/editors share strategies that pay the bills and make publication more likely. Learn how to balance enough inspiration and perspiration to get the writing done with enough career planning to create ever-expanding opportunities and achieve writing goals.