I’ve been looking at conferences this year. Which ones to attend, how much money to budget, etc. Late last year I had my heart set on going to National. I’ve never been to New York and I thought this would be a good time to check it out. Let’s not look at the fact that I seldom leave the conference hotel when I attend National, not even when it was in Reno. So why do I think I’ll see very much of NYC? Dunno. Just thought it’d be a good idea.
Then I find out the cost. Oh. My. Stars! Between the conference, hotel, travel, food, books and misc expenses, I figure I’d drop close to $2,000. Easy. Now if I were highly published, or if I’d sold my first book and wanted to wear the pink ribbon, I’d suck it up and head east. After all, I’d have roommates to help defray room costs, right? Uh, well, not. At least not the gals I’d thought would room with me. They also are backing down due to the cost. Don’t blame them.
Instead, I’m going to go to a regional conference plus take some continuing education classes at the local community college. I’m also looking at a week-long workshop in Amarillo as well as some online workshops. This approach won’t be the same as attending the National Conference with the 2,000+ writers and the Awards Ceremony (I love getting dressed up!), but you have to draw the line somewhere. You have to get the most bang for your buck. Pure and simple.
So what are your plans to help with your writing career this year? Anything I might be interested in? Do you already have the year mapped out? Are your plans set in stone or are you flexible? Clue me in. You never know – you just might have the perfect class/workshop/conference for me. 😉