By far the best part of this conference has been meeting the people, hearing their stories about writing and publishing, and finding like-hearted souls that quickly became friends. Hearing about the trials and triumphs of fellow writers as they struggle with the writing process, and then struggle some more with publishing drama, is reassuring: I’m far from alone on this journey, and the people on the path with me are some of the finest human beings I know.
Also: if you attend a local or national conference that offers a manuscript consultation option TAKE IT. That is money well spent.
This morning I heard Rachel Vail speak and fell in love – with her, her voice, her experiences, and one book in particular: Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters. Justin is about a kid who worries – a lot. He’s an epic worrier. Justin starts like this:
September 1, Tuesday
Okay, yes. I’m worried
I can’t help it.