As many of you may know, there is are writer's conference this weekend in Utah that many author bloggers are going to, and I will be one of them. This is the first conference that I will be going to where I really feel like I'm a writer going to a conference (other times I have been going to learn things as a teacher and enjoying my status as a closet writer).
You know the mantra go big or go home? Well, I'm living that this weekend. I signed up for an intense meeting with four other writers and a published author to get my first chapter publication ready as to use as a key to get the rest ready with it. I entered the first chapter contest, am going both days of the conference after that, pitching to an AWESOME agent and eating at the VIP table with a few agents and editors.
I'm not going to lie, I was really nervous as this started getting closer because people, I'm really putting myself out there. And I've only really been calling myself a writer, even to myself, for over six months. But then I got thinking...
What is the worst that could happen?
So I don't get a request for a full - I get 10 minutes all to myself with an agent. I get to eat dinner with people in this industry. I get to see what others think about my writing thus far and with fresh eyes.
And if I don't do any of it, it is a guarantee that none of it will happen.
I told myself to get over my insecurities and put myself out there. If I'm really serious about this writing thing, I need to pull on my big girl panties, suck it up and talk to people. And query. And submit to beta readers.
What are you doing to extend yourself? When has conquering your fears lead to expectations beyond what you thought possible? And are you going to be at Storymakers this weekend?
(If so, please, please, please, I would LOVE to meet you!)