Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thirteen things I'm worried about before the Write! Canada conference.

With one week to go until my first writer's conference, these are the things on my mind:

1. What if I get lost driving to Canada? (A very real possibility!)
2. What if I have spinach in my teeth during my faculty appointment?
3. What if my handshake is clammy?
4. What if I'm stuck in the elevator with an agent and forget my elevator pitch?
5. What if they don't get my humor?
6. What if I'm too nervous to be myself?
7. What if they bite? (Wait...they don't bite do they?!)
8. What if I don't get to meet the industry professionals I really want to meet?
9. What if I sit down at a faculty table and don't have anything to say?
10. What if nobody talks to me?
11. What if I forget to bring something really important? Like business cards? Shoes? Courage?
12. What if they don't like me?
13. What if they do?

Help me snap out of it. Post your positive writer's conference experiences...


  1. LOL - I think about all of these things too. One thing to remember though is that the agents and editors get nervous too.

  2. Hi Joy! Relax and try to enjoy the conference. I know how overwhelming the first one especially can be. RE your question about Letters to Juliet on my blog, yes I liked it. Loved it! There's a sweet romantic storyline coupled with Egan's gift for delivering comedic lines. I hope you get the chance to see it! My blog

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  4. You'll do just fine, I'm sure of it. Have a great time. HappyT13!

  5. LOL! You'll do fine, silly! Don't worry so much - it just clouds your thinking.

    Seriously though, just be confident.

    Thoreau said: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."

    I've found this to be true. Once you put that out there, the universe is compelled to respond positively!

    Happy TT!

  6. Heh, I just went to my first writer's conference in April, and I shared almost all of the exact same fears you listed.

    But it turns out I had little reason to be so worried. Everyone was professional but so friendly, easy-going and understanding. Nope, they don't bite.

    Getting lost **is** a real concern, though ... that I can tell you first hand. I'm always lost. *laughs*

  7. I have yet to get up the courage, so kudos to you! I'm sure you'll be fine. To feel more confident, I would probably carry a travel toothbrush, paste, and even floss on me. There are some really tiny brushes and my dentist is always good for mini samples. :) Have fun and don't get lost!

  8. Very few of them bite, and only when they think they can get away with it. ;)

    Relax, and have a good time.

  9. Those are the kind of 'what if's' that keep me at home :)

    Have a great Thursday!

  10. Conferences ars so much fun! Have a great time!


    My TT is at

  11. Joy, breathe. You will do fine. I have heard tales of writers who vomit on agents shoes and they live. You will too.

  12. I think you need to take several deep breaths! I am sure you will do fine. It is brave of you to go. It's hard to put yourself out there.

  13. Thanks for the encouragement everyone (and the perspective, Inez).

    The writer that vomited on the agent's shoes makes my concerns seem piddly. ROFL.

  14. Don't be silly, you'll be fine. I find making list calming. And if your prepared you won't be so nervous.

    Happy TT.

  15. You will do great! Go with a smile on your face!
    Come follow me back :)

  16. I've been to a few and I've had a blast at each. Here are your peers! The people who know what's it's like to agonize for hours about a paragraph or fight with your characters who are being reluctant to talk to you.

    I've been to two this year, and I'm shooting for a 3rd. You'll come back pumped and so inspired you won't know what to do with yourself.

  17. I'm sure everything will go well :)

    Great blog..stopping by from the blog hop links :)

  18. Hi! I've never been to a writer's conference before but I don't think it should be a problem for you! No need to worry so much. Yes, be yourself and smile! :) Hehe! Lots of advice columns will tell to smile actually. I think it works, sometimes.

    Anyway, I came here from the hop. I love your blog header!


  19. You know what helped me? A writer friend described the RWA conference as "Two thousand introverts trying to pretend they're extroverts."
    You're going to a place where people share the same you do. Even the agents and editors want to find a "Great Book". Just like you want to BE that Great Book.
    Fear is all part of the experience.
    But most of it is a BLAST. Enjoy it.

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  21. well, I don't think you'll get lost driving TO Canada. hard to miss - go north. You'll eventually hit it. Now, getting lost IN Canada... definite possibility. Take extra clothes.

    I'm sure they'll love you, and you'll do great!

  22. Just prayed for you! And I'm sure #2 won't happen if you don't eat spinach. ;) May you know His peace while you're at the conference! I'm sure it will all go well! ♥ Michelle

  23. Prayers are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much Michelle. :)

  24. Hello! I'm your newest follower from blog hop friday!


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