I’m looking up writers’ conferences. *takes a breath to calm stomach*
I don’t know why I get so nervous about this stuff. I mean, I believe in my book. I believe it is good. I’d love to meet writers! I’d love to meet agents! I’d love to write, “Dear Mr. (or Ms.) Amazing Agent: I hung out with you at The Best Writers Ever conference and you requested that I query you about my book, Bleeder.” That would be awesome.
So why do my fingers start sweating when I even visit the websites? Here’s why:
Hordes of people that I don’t know.
Everyone there is probably all so cool and they speak eloquently. And they wear hippie clothes that swoosh while reading Thoreau. And maybe some of them are even published! What?! I am soooooo young (well, I look so young). One look at my Vans and my freckles and I’m officially not cool enough.
Some of those agents have already rejected my query. (Not kidding- they were nice and all, but still… awkward).
I know the main speakers without looking them up. They’re that impressive.
I am really, really short. So crowds frighten me. Seriously- elbows everywhere.
I hate schmoozing. I don’t understand it (see here for why).
I have nobody to go with. (Unless I drag my poor husband who would be bored by himself while I’m conferencing for hours at a time)
It means that I’m really a writer. I’ve never spent hundreds of dollars on a hobby.
What if they tell me my book sucks? (They won’t. It doesn’t. But what if they do?)
What if they tell me my book is so awesome they want to make it into a movie next week? (Almost scarier than telling me it sucks)
So- to any writer people- which conferences have you been to? Were they helpful or were they the scariest thing ever?
Please let me know I’m not alone!