As it is the first Wednesday of the month, it is now time for another post for the INSECURE WRITER'S group. This wonderful idea comes from our friend Alex Cavanaugh.... So please stop by his site for ALL the groups posts.
I would first like to take a moment to wish all my blogger friends a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know I have done so before, but it bears mentioning again. With a new year upon us, we all have our resolutions and promises to ourselves and others.
Don't let these resolutions take over your life and stop you from LIVING. You ALL know what a I mean. We, as artists, and highly creative people, have a tendency to over dramatize, analyze, and just plane DRIVE OURSELVES CRAZY! We have all been there. Be kind to yourselves, set realistic goals, but don't be afraid to try. YOU CAN get your work published ... YOU CAN get that agent ... but first put in the hard work of polishing up your ms until it's blinding. And don't forget to take the time and RESEARCH the best possible agents/publishers for your ms.
Also remember to keep in touch with our AMAZING community. There is such a wealth of information from our blogger friends. Keep and STAY in touch with them. I myself have been scarce for FAR TOO LONG and I apologize for that. Life, as we know, plays horrible tricks on us and we can fall into many pits. Muddy, with torn clothes, a scratched face, and completely exhausted, I have clawed my way out of my pit and am back to spend as much time as I can with all of you.
As we all know many exciting events are happening in January. I have TWO I would like to mention. The first, is ABNA .... AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH AWARDS! Yes, it's back everyone. Many of you remember that I was a major source of advertising for this event last year. I will be doing a full post on Friday, so please drop back if you are not familiar with it.
The second is the SCBWI Writer's Conference in NYC! January 27-29th! After much anxiety about attending, I have decided to GO FOR IT! I will be honest, I am TERRIFIED about going, I have never been to a writer's conference before and I know they can be quite amazing. So for ANY of you that might have some advice for me on how to PREPARE for such an event I would be so grateful. It is a bit overwhelming for me.
I know the basics, you must have a one or two sentence pitch ready to FLING at the closest agent or editor. But what else? Do you bring a synopsis to hand out for anyone interested? Do you hide in a corner cowering, hoping that some force of magic will bring the perfect agent to you? Oh, how I WISH!
Any advice would be much appreciated. For any of you attending PLEASE let me know. I would LOVE to meet up with a friend to enjoy ... is that the right feeling? more like live through with. LOL. Don't worry friends, I was born and raised in the City, so I should fan well. But this is such a NEW experience for me. I will be in the presence of the movers and shakers of the literary world. My past experience with such celebrity has been in the fashion world. THIS IS SO DIFFERENT. To be judged on brains and talent and not on beauty..... scary.
Most of you know I make every effort to keep my posts positive, so I will leave this one on a positive note. We must all face our fears and anxieties at some point if we want to grow. Our ambition and LOVE for writing and getting our work read should be stronger than said fears and anxieties. So remember to stay focused on your craft. I know I will be telling myself that over and over for the next few weeks.
Have a wonderful day everyone and tomorrow ABNA will be yet another exciting challenge. The ULTIMATE challenge.