Total honesty: when I was a lawyer I absolutely, positively, totally hated going to conferences and workshops. Seriously, have you met any corporate lawyers? Those conferences were crawling with them. Yuck! Now that I’m doing a job I like, I’m excited to get involved in conferences and workshops. But (and it’s a big one) I now have to pay for everything myself, and I’m not nearly as confident about my writing career as my legal career. On top of which, I’m pretty socially awkward at the best of moments. So, I’ve been putting off diving into workshops or conferences or fairs to attend. Oh, I’ve wanted to go, I was just a chicken shit about the whole thing. Well, no longer! I’m attending the London Book Fair this week. *Gulp*
So, what convinced me to put on my big girl panties and head out to London? Two words: Author HQ. The Author HQ at the London Book Fair looks awesome (imagine I sang that because I totally did). There are three days jam packed full of seminars. Everything from an introduction to Kindle Direct Publishing to working with an agent to successful PR & marketing. *Jumps up and down in excitement*
I may spend the entire three days hiding in the corner. I’m a writer – I’m allowed to be
a socially awkward introvert eccentric. No matter how much I don’t interact with others, I hope to at least gain some knowledge from the experts. At the very least, it’s a chance to escape my daily routine for three days.
Wish me luck!
I’ll be reporting on my experience next week. Was it worth the cost? I’ll let you know.