Authors want to be good stewards of time and resources so when considering whether or not to attend a conference, many factors apply. You may want to consider, in no particular order:
- How much will my attendance inconvenience myself and those around me?
1. Will my day job suffer?
2. How will my family cope?
3. Can I easily get to and from the conference?
- Have I budgeted enough funds to go to the conference?
- Does the mix of editors and agents make sense for me?
1. Are editors and agents on faculty who are interested in my type of writing?
2. Realistically, how many agent and editor connections can I make at this conference?
3. If I don’t attend, am I able to contact the agents and editors in another effective way?
- What classes can I take?
- If I’m seeking a mentor, is this a good place to find one or to grow a mentor relationship?
- Am I able to take advantage of professional critiques?
- Does this conference have the potential to help me strategize my career?
- Will I make new author friends and strengthen existing relationships?
Even if your main reason for attending is to have fun and socialize, that can be a valuable and worthwhile break. But as with any decision that will consume time and resources, it’s always a good idea to have a plan before you set out on your journey.
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