Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Conference Jitters

I'll be attending the South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference in just about two weeks, and I have MUCH to do. I'm putting the final touches on my synopsis, one-sheet, and ordering my business cards. 

I have to be feels a little surreal. I'm not just talking to family and blog friends about being a writer - I'm actually going to be talking to agents (I have a pitch session with THE Rachelle Gardner - this is my happy dance *I apologize for the H-word*) and editors and authors (people who have actually PUBLISHED something!) about my being a writer. *deep breath*

I'm trying not to let myself get psyched out. I've done the work, I've done the research - now all I have to do is put myself out there and see what happens. Hopefully, it won't be a train wreck. Hopefully, I won't make any embarrassing mistakes. HOPEFULLY someone will like my idea.

If not? Well, at least I'll have two nights of uninterrupted sleep and I'll get to eat at least 4 meals without my kids asking if they can have some (and by "some" they mean "ALL" of it).

There's always a silver lining, right? :)

Are you nervous about anything right now? Can you find the silver lining?


  1. I know you'll shine, woman!

    I flit back and forth with my nerves. Waiting to hear. Silver lining is that life is a wait and there's much to learn in the now.

    ~ Wendy

  2. Good luck Beth. Let us know how it goes.

  3. Ha ha on the kids, just a quick tip I know you are all prepared but if you get nervous, tell yourself being nervous shows you are human and passionate about what you do and then go on to amaze the fabu Rachelle Gardner.
    Wishing you the very best.

  4. It'll be great. I went to my first conference a couple weeks ago and got to do my first pitch to an agent. Nerve wracking and fun. He was super nice. I think that's an important thing to remember when faced with the fear.

  5. You'll do great! Best of luck. I can't wait to hear how it goes. :)

  6. You will be amazing...well just because you are!! Just let your passion shine through and you will be great!

  7. Beth, relax, learn and have fun. Conferences teach so much and are great to network. You'll be fine-be yourself as we see here, and all will love you.

  8. I get nervous when my four year-old attacks his baby sister. I'm still looking for the silver lining. I'm excited to hear all about your conference experience. Just remember one VERY important tip: If you have the opportunity, ALWAYS corner an agent in the bathroom and pitch your book. They'll be so impressed.

  9. Just picture Rachelle in her undies, that'll take some nerves away, right =)? Just be confident and figure if one doesn't like it, there are plenty more fish in the sea. Maybe that way you won't feel all the pressure in one meeting.