Welcome back readers! I hope all of you are having a great summer.
We are approaching that time of year again. The time when our kids go back to school and many of us journey to a conference.
NOOOOOO! Don’t break out in hives. You can get through this. If you don’t think so, just watch this less than likely hero for a bit of inspiration.
In this clip we can empathize with Kung Fu Panda because we walk there some days. He makes a few mistakes in this video.
One: He looks unprepared for the answer to his teacher’s lesson. If not, he would not have fallen.
Two: He is focused only on if his teacher thought he had done well and forgot the rest of the things around him. . . the balance he lost.
Three: He didn’t recognize the facts right in front of his face when his father shows up because he doesn’t even know his name.
3 Tips To Kung Fu Proof Your Writers’ Conference:
- Avoid The Kiss Of Newbie Charm. There is nothing wrong with being a newbie to a
conference. We have all be there at one time or another. BUT, there are some things newbies to conferences do that should be avoided. A few obvious ones include don’t pitch your book in the bathroom and don’t argue with an editor or agent in an interview. For some of the less obvious tips, check out this post here.
- Make The Conference Multi-focused. When we put all of our attention in one detail of a conference we often get disappointed. You should be thinking about your career on several levels such as networking, learning, encouraging, appointments, and spiritual growth. If the take away you expect is only appointment related you set yourself up for discouragement. For some tips on a multi-focused conference approach click here.
- Add Industry Knowledge To The Mix. Before conference read about editors and agents. Learn what they are looking for before meeting with them. Review the list of conference teachers and staff. You may be able to connect with them better if you recognize them on sight. No, don’t stalk them. On the off chance you run into them in line by the elevators you’ll be able to great them with more confidence because you know who they are. Other tips be industry savvy for conference can be found here.
A great resource written by the My Book Therapy team, including Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck can help you going into writer’s conference: The Truth About Conferences.