Wasabi Wisdom – How To Wasabi-Proof Your Writer’s Conference Part 2

So you are prepared for the knowledge needed to avoid a Mater-Wasabi-Moment from yesterdays blog post. But is it enough to get you through conference?

Check Out This Clip:

Crazy enough, there are a whole host of wasabi challenge videos on youtube. The man in the video thought he knew what he was getting into. He figured, “I can handle this.” Still, he underestimated the potency of the wasabi. He knew it was hot sauce, but wasn’t completely ready for the sear your sinus and throat type reaction.

You’ve done your homework and researched the industry. Now what?

How To Wasabi-Proof Your Writer’s Conference Part 2:

During Conference

*LISTEN. LISTEN. LISTEN. An old Chinese Proverb says, “Empty vessels make the most noise.” A Bible Proverb says, “Fools are known for their much speaking.” Interesting how both zero in on the fact that ignorance is often heard in false bravado or just plain talking too much when you’d be better off listening. There are so many experienced authors and industry experts at conference. Take the time to listen and you will learn a lot.

*If You Don’t Know Something, Don’t Pretend. If you pretend, you turn a learning opportunity into an opportunity to embarrass yourself.

*Set Realistic Expectations For Yourself. Many writers go to conference with unrealistic expectations. It takes a bit of time to excel in this industry. If you expect the moon at your first conference you are likely to be deeply disappointed. Think of it like marriage. You go in all lovey and gooey and then one morning you sit down only to find out the toilet lid was up. Don’t be disillusioned with disappointment. Set goals in a variety of categories, so that you will find success and be able to see the good moments.

*Show Respect. Although you may think best-selling authors have got it made and couldn’t care less what you think, they have feelings, too. Criticizing other author’s or publishing house’s work in a public venue could create a bad impression that is difficult to overcome in the future.

*Keep Gushing To A Minimum. Of course tell an author you sat by at lunch how much you enjoyed their last book. Give positive feedback when it is fitting. Do go all “Up-Dug” on everyone you meet.

*Don’t Oversell Yourself. Promoting your work is fine, but avoid excessive promotion that leaves a cut throat type atmosphere in the circles you frequent. Others are there to pitch, too.


WASABI Writer’s CHALLENGE: Take A short clip of yourself or picture of yourself eating wasabi and send it to me before writing conference. The most creative picture or video clip will win a signed copy of my new brainstorming book at ACFW. (If you aren’t attending, I will mail it to you.)

The Wasabi Writer’s Challenge is underway… mail your submissions to Michelle Lim at: michelle.linn.lim@gmail.com. In the subject line type “Wasabi-Writer’s Challenge.”

I will post some of the top entries on my blog the week following the ACFW Conference.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

10 thoughts on “Wasabi Wisdom – How To Wasabi-Proof Your Writer’s Conference Part 2

  1. Hi Michelle,
    I like your new picture in red! Very nice.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your book, but I’d never be able to do that video. I hope it’s at the conference bookstore though.

    I appreciate all I’ve learned from you this year. Thanks.

  2. bethkvogt says:

    Excited that your new book is available, Michelle!

  3. Michelle, thank you for another great conference prep post! I didn’t know you were coming out with a book through MBT. I have four of Susan May Warren’s MBT craft books (My Book Buddy, Kiss & Tell, Deep & Wide and From the Inside Out). Love MBT books – I can’t wait to get yours, however, I’ll have to buy it because I’ve never tasted Wasabi, nor do I want to! 🙂 See you soon.

  4. dtopliff says:

    I’m already traveling in TX so don’t think I can take pic & do, but also think I’d rather buy the book than eat wasabi 🙂
    Congratulations–wishing you great success.

  5. No way! I much prefer to purchase your brainstorming book. 🙂

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