I almost did it again. Forgot to blog, that is. Whenever my days off get rearranged I lose total track of time. Anyone else do that?
Today I'm starting vacation.I always do this time of year because it's the Willamette Writer's Conference this weekend and I'm going all three and half days. Tonight they have early registration--where you can avoid the hubbub lines tomorrow and pick up your packets today. So I'll know by the time I close my eyes who I'm pitching and when.
Also tonight, they have pitch with the pros. Where you can sign up and speak your pitch in front of a panel of agents, editors, etc. I've never done one before but I like to hear the others and listen to the critiques. I have a pretty good pitch this year, so I'm considering making the leap. We'll see...
TIP: For those who can't afford a conference, check to see if the conference that you're interested in attending has a volunteer program. By volunteering, I paid about $150 for three days of workshops, breakfasts, lunches, and three consults. I volunteer for either a morning or afternoon shift, and have the rest of the day to go to the workshops I want to see. Had I not volunteered this weekend would have cost me close to $500 and I wouldn't be going. I might have been able to go to one day, but even that would have cost me more than I paid for the three days at the volunteer rate.
And this year, I remembered to request an afternoon shift so that I can sit on the agent panel they have Friday morning. And to get morning shifts on Saturday and Sunday so that I can go to Eric Witchey's afternoon workshops. At the WWC, the best workshops seem to take place on Saturday afternoon. Probably because that's when everyone's in attendance.
Anyone got any tips they want to share with us?
So, off to polish up my synopsis and pitch. Have a great weekend. I plan to.