Posted by Jean Hall on Feb 18th, 2013 | 5 comments
Whenever I’m attending a writer’s conference I like to equip myself. I read the website three or four times. I scan the presenters and choose those I absolutely MUST hear. I search for their books on Amazon or B & N and scan the previews and reviews. I read the workshop blurbs and try to create the best schedule for myself.
Then I visit the websites of the publishers and literary agencies represented at the conference. I read their lists and writer’s guidelines and ponder whether or not any of my manuscripts might possibly fit them.
I email my writing friends to see whether or not they are attending – then try to snag a roommate or two from those friends.
Of course I try to polish up a couple of manuscripts and print out fresh copies. I organize my briefcase and make sure I have a stack of business cards. I charge up the batteries for my cell phone, my camera and my trusty laptop. Got to stay connected.
But first and last I pray. I pray that God will teach me one new thing that I really need to learn to improve as a writer, and to make my manuscripts ready for submitting. I pray that I’ll make a new connection that He knows will be important to me as a writer, and to me as a person. I pray that God will orchestrate the right meetings and conversations for my good, and so that He can use me to help or encourage others while I’m there. And I pray that He’ll give me some quiet moments so that He can speak to me about …whatever He knows I need at that time.
Instruction in the craft of writing and publishing.
Encouragement for myself and others.
Inspiration to keep me in tune with the calling God has on my life.
Connections to point me in the right direction to accomplish God’s plans for me.
How do YOU prepare to attend a writer’s conference? How are you preparing for Write2Ignite! 2013?
We’re preparing to make this one of the best experiences of your life, and we’re praying especially for you.