This past Friday and Saturday I attended Spring Fling 2014, an every-other-year conference hosted by my local RWA chapter, Chicago-North. As usual, the conference was fabulous: well organized, great headliners and workshops, and lots of opportunities to hang with fellow authors. Kudos to the committee for their tireless efforts to bring this one to life. It was certainly a job well-done.
Here, in no particular order, are ten things I took away from the conference. (The good, the bad, the meh, and the snarky.)
Free books rock!
Writers as a whole are an 'interesting' bunch.
It's so nice to touch base with people you haven't seen in ages.
So many great sectionals, so little time.
Freezing cold rooms eliminate the need to deal with hot flashes for two entire days.
A book signing is depressing and discouraging when you don't sell any books.
Working as a time keeper for pitch appointments is a lot less stressful than giving the pitch.
Librarians see authors like little kids see super heroes. There's a lot of wide-eyed wonder and giddiness involved.
Conference swag is great, but now much do you really keep afterwards? And just because you keep a pen, or pad of sticky notes, or a tattoo, does it really translate into a sale?
Some authors are great speakers/presenters. Some aren't.
All in all, the conference was a great way to get back in touch with my writerly side, and I'm looking forward to what 2016 will bring.
Until next time,