Yes, I did. With a gnawing in my stomach that other years caused me to bypass my first choices, with lips pursed and heart thudding, today I took a deep breath, checked two particular names, clicked “submit” and cemented my decision.
Registration opened at noon today for the 2010 Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I’ve attended for several years and taken part in the editor and agent sessions, never confident that my writing was worth the time they gave to listen and evaluate, despite their encouragement. I love this conference for its information, inspiration, rejuvenation – and, of course, the pure pleasure of hobnobbing with other writers and writing professionals. It’s a heady environment!
This year I decided to register early and try to book an interview with my first choice of agent and editor. I value their opinion and can only know what that is if I actually present my material for scrutiny, right?
The deed is done. Registration and the appointments are confirmed. Gulp. Now I have to live with this trepidation for four months until conference time arrives. One consolation: I should lose weight between now and then. The butterflies are bound to consume any calories I manage to eat.
Do you have plans to attend a writing conference this year? Have you attended one before? How was your experience?