I got back a week ago from the Romance Writers of America’s National Conference that was held in San Antonio Texas. It was my first National conference. I have heard that Nationals is the one to go to. I had been to three smaller conferences, one in Kentucky, Ohio, and Chicago. But, I had yet to spend the big bucks for the National Conference. This year, I decided to go for it. I registered, then I booked the room and started looking at flights and I felt sick to my stomach. I started to think, what if I never make it as a writer and I am wasting my money!
My mom reminded me of something. Your dreams won’t come true if you don’t try. So, I found a roommate to split the hotel costs of the conference, to lessen the financial burden. Marisa Dillon, my roommate is an aspiring author as well. Her debut novel is coming out in October. She is from Ohio and writes Historical Romance, so right away we had something in common.
I registered to pitch to an agent and an editor. Upon arrival I found out that something went wrong and I didn’t end up having a pitch appointment with an agent after all. I was very disappointed, but was told that I could grab some openings if people cancelled. It worked out great for me. I ended up snagging three pitch appointments and all three asked to see my work! I have already sent it out. Now I have to wait to hear back.
I learned a lot at the conference. It reinforced that I have to keep at it. I can’t give up. This is my dream, if I want my dream to come true, only I can make it happen. So, I am going to keep plugging away at it and keep on writing.