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:
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.