Medic! Medic! We need 20 cc's of Antenolol and a shot of Heparin Stat! (Okay, so maybe I have been watching a little too much House)
I have a very addictive personality. When I dive into something, I go
head first and don't come up for air until I'm ready to pass out. (Which
is great for writing, bad for real life)
My Latest addiction? SCBWI. Saving California Based Working Immigrants. I'M KIDDING!!! It stands for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
This last August, I went to LA with my writer BFF, and uber talented author, Leigh Fallon. Her book, Carrier of the Mark was released by Harperteen this Oct. You can find her site here. *waves* Hi Leigh! Anyway, I loved the fast-paced buzz of chatting with agents and other authors. The classes were so motivating and the people I connected with were top notch.
From the left: Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed), Bree Despain (The Dark Divine), Brodi Ashton (Everneath), Lindsey Leavitt (Sean Griswold), Lani Woodland (Instrinsical), Leigh Fallon (Carrier of the Mark) Me, Alexandra Monir (Timeless), and Gretchen McNeil (Possess)
But more recently, I just got back from a SCBWI revision retreat featuring the amazzzzingly talented editor, Emma Dryden. We met in the backwoods at a secluded cabin in Idaho with 16 other writers. Sounds like the beginning of a horror film, right? No one died, thank goodness. Or maybe that was a bad thing? Considering we're all writers looking for fresh material.
As much as I loved the fast-paced big conference in LA, I highly recommend going to a smaller, chapter retreat. You get to meet writers in your area and connect with them on a more personal level. Not only did I receive amazing feedback on my novel, but I connected with people I know I'll be friends with for life.
So why am I an addict? As great as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Email is for connecting with awesome authors, there's nothing like meeting with someone face to face. *gasp* <----I know, people still do that.
SCBWI is just one way you can get out there and network with other authors. There's something about meeting with people in "real life" that creates lasting relationships.
What about you? What's your addiction? Have you done the retreat circuit? And do you prefer the big conferences or the smaller ones?