I’m breaking out of my blogging hiatus straight to you from the National RWA Convention in San Antonio. This is my first time to RWA National, but not my first major convention. Here are things to keep in mind when attending anything of this magnitude.
- Understand you’re going to be overwhelmed. And that’s okay. Just know and accept this so you can move on.
- There’s nothing wrong with playing both the author role and the fan girl role. After all, authors are readers, too. Chances of you running into one of your favs at the bar or the next seminar are astronomical. Gush all you want.
- Don’t forget you’re there to absorb as much as you can. Take advantage of the classes, workshops, Q&As, etc. This is one of the few times of the year you’ll be around so many like-minded individuals.
- Network! Not only will you be meeting/seeing people you’ve only chatted with online, but you’ll be seeing agents and editors. Sure, there might be designated time slots to pitch the pros, but it’s called an “elevator pitch” for a reason. Be prepared on a moment’s notice to pitch your latest project because you never know who will be sipping a glass of wine in the lobby next to you.
- Check your introverted self at the door. You can claim that personality when you leave again. Now’s not the time to stay huddled in a corner. I know this is freaking scary to even think about, but you’ll thank me later.