And how to dispel them. Somewhat.
I am about to attend my first EVER writers conference. I have never met any of the writers in person, though I’ve talked to a few online. By no means would people consider me shy, but I also don’t walk into a room and instantly exude confidence and shine like a beacon. I work my way in and once I’m comfortable, start talking to people. So why am I so nervous? Because I will also be pitching my book to two agents – for the first time. In person. They can see me sweat, they’ll hear me verbally stumble. I can’t hit the delete key and retype my words!!! Now you see why the nerves are a jumble.
Here’s my day so far. Woken up at 3:30 by a thunderstorm then couldn’t get back to sleep because the cat freaked out. I still had a few things to get ready for the conference, so basically I thought what the hell and stayed up. Did the conference “homework”, light housecleaning, worked an 8-hour day and I still feel like I’ve got a few good hours left in me. But I can’t settle. I’ve gone shopping because I forgot to get pantyhose if I decide to wear a skirt. I came home and flung clothes out of the closet like a crazy person trying to figure out just what to wear. Thank goodness my sister-in-law called and asked to meet for dinner with her niece and her daughter, my niece.
This is what happens when silly people shop in the Halloween department after dark…
I feel better than I did a few hours ago. I’m sure I’ll be nervous on the way there. But I have a feeling once I’m through those doors, I’ll be fine.
I’ll be sure to post my adventures from the conference after I return.
How do you prepare for a conference/pitch session?