5 Things I Learned from My First Writers’ Conference

This last weekend I went to my first ever writers’ conference (The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York). I thought I would share some scintillating lessons I learned while there. Ready? Here we go!

1. Harlan Coben is damn funny.

2. Agents really are pretty scary. They are no-nonsense and can be brusque, demanding, and aggressive. But I completely understand their usefulness and appeal.

3. Gone are the days when you could write a book and then become a hermit like J.D. Salinger. Platform is the new buzz word and if you ain’t got one, you ain’t got a writing career.

4. 9 times out of 10 readers will buy your book after hearing you speak at an event or class (even if they’ve never heard of you before). So, the whole idea that you have to sell yourself as much as, if not more, than your book is 100% correct.

5. Just about every writer in the world is as insecure, guilt-ridden, and tormented as me. It feels great to be in a community – even if that community is made up of neurotic (but lovable) masochistic weirdos. Writers are great at hiding all this crap and showing you the best of themselves even if they are mentally biting their nails to the quick.

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