Joe’s Post #153 —
I’m talking about the Surrey Writer’s Conference. Oct 23rd -24th.
It’s a toss-up this year. Pros and cons.
So I did what I do when I can’t decide.
I make a list. And drink. Here’s the list.
Top 6 Reasons to Go
- I could pitch 2 books to an editor who’s interested in my genre.
- There are 3 agents there I could take to about my books.
- 9/10 times I get inspired.
- The food’s pretty good.
- I love to learn and there’s always something to learn.
- My best writing buddies are there.
Top 5 Reasons Not To Go
- Don Maass is NOT there. See #3. He is my biggest inspirer.
- No Chuck Wendig, so that means I won’t spend 2 hours laughing my ass off and I do love to laugh my ass off.
- It costs a lot of money at a time that I don’t have that money.
- Most of the agents showing up don’t want to look at the books I write, or I’ve pitched to them and they’ve rejected my brilliant stories.
- I can’t find a full day of things I want to do. There’s a bit Friday and Saturday, but that’s a huge cost for basically 2 half days.
- My best writing buddies will not be there. Joe sad.
I tell ya, it’s a tough call. Not that there aren’t some great people there, not that there aren’t a few good workshops, and it’s always amazingly well organized, but this year, I may choose not to go. The weight of the list is clearly on the No side, but then there’s #1 on the Go side.
Is it worth it?