Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Whew! Great Week. Great RWA Conference.

I've returned home from my first RWA National conference mega-excited to move forward with my career. The conference surpassed my expectations.

As an unpublished writer with two completed manuscripts and a third one nearing completion, I had three specific goals in mind when boarding my flight for Anaheim. Networking. Learning. Pitching.

The number of networking opportunities available at conference was astounding. During events, workshops, lunches and parties—Celtic Hearts and FF&P rocks—I met writers at all stages of their journey, with some of which I hope to maintain lasting friendships. At the book signings, I discovered new-to-me authors, from my genre and others, whose books I look forward to reading.

During the Chapter Leadership Seminar, I met with amazing chapter board members who volunteer their precious time to keep our chapters running so we have a place to network, learn and be inspired all through the year. If you belong to a RWA chapter, please consider volunteering. You'll make many new friends in addition to contributing to the future of our industry.

My education goal at this year's conference was to learn as much as I could about the industry. There were so many wonderful workshops, publisher spotlights and other events running simultaneously, it was difficult to choose what to attend. I concentrated on publisher spotlights, workshops exploring self-publishing and sessions led by a literary attorney.

I also met several published authors more than willing to share tips of the trade.

I attended editor and agent pitch sessions and received requests, and had the opportunity to introduce myself to an editor who requested my manuscript from an on-line pitch.

All and all, my first RWA conference was extremely productive.

Did you attend? What was your experience like?

Do you plan to attend in the future?


  1. Looks like we had a similar goals! I attended with two completed manuscripts, and did the networking/learning/pitcing thing too - including the FF&P evening! It was my first RWA conference, and I tried to vary my workshops with all the topics I was interested in. I think it worked pretty well. Great experience, and I felt like I got a lot out of it!

  2. Hi, Jessica. Thanks for dropping in. I hope you're as pumped as I am to move forward. Wish I had the opportunity to meet you personally. Maybe next year. :)