I got back from Springfield on Sunday evening and was far too wired from my post-conference high to sit down in front of my computer and write a follow-up. And yesterday I was naturally far too exhausted to do so.
Two days late, here I finally am. I'll be keeping this short, because I have another post I intend to write tonight. So, here is a brief list of takeaway lessons I learned from the conference:
- Publishing will happen when the time is right. There is no rush. Rushing just hinders your own growth as a writer.
- It pays to take the time to get to know the business and marketing side of the writing world before you actually land yourself a book deal. As Scar once famously said, "Be prepared!".
- In my newest project, my kid character team apparently meets secretly in a old musty cellar that I didn't even know existed before Saturday. Thanks, writing prompts!
- Real-life writing friends are the best things ever. My critique group kicks butt and takes names. We're going places, baby, and we're having an awesome time together on our journeys.
- I'm ready to query. Really, truly ready. I had my query letter and first ten pages critiqued, and the agent and editor who did the critiquing found next to nothing wrong with them! A few touch-ups, and then full-steam ahead to the agent hunt! Huzzah!