Tomorrow I head home from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, exhausted and exhilarated.
I have made some great connections with agents and publishers and now I get to go home and do some hard work. I had two different industry professionals express interest in seeing more of my manuscript. I'm walking on air.
For those writers out there wondering whether or not conferences are worth the cost, the answer is YES. 100 percent -- yes, yes, yes! I have learned more at these two visits to Mount Hermon than I have learned from any learn-to-write book or any class I've ever taken. You know how they say that the best way to learn a foreign language is to be immersed in it? That's what conferences are for writers. You are immersed in the world of writing. You study the craft of writing, the business of writing and the ministry of writing. You make friends with future authors, current authors, agents and publishers.
Do you want to be a better writer? Do you want to take your writing to the next level? Do you want to learn what you need to do to get yourself published? Then, get thee to a conference. There are wonderful ones in almost every corner of the country.
And, who knows? Maybe, I'll see you there!