"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." Proverbs 15:22
I've decided to use my blog as a survey of sorts today. Recently my husband surprised the socks off me (a term my mom is fond of:) by telling me we have the funds and childcare available to let me go to the ACFW Conference in Dallas! Before that, I hadn't even considered the possibility.
At first I was beyond thrilled, but as I began thinking more and more about it, and after I read Jody Hedlund's How to Know When to Go to a Writing Conference, I started to question if I'm ready. Going to the conference would be a big financial commitment and I want to make sure I'm using the money, and my time, wisely.
I've heard that one of the biggest benefits of going to the conference is the ability to pitch to an agent and an editor, but currently my WIP isn't ready for that. I know I could finish it in time for the conference (I'm in the rewriting and editing phase), but it's never been critiqued, it's never been in a contest and I'm not even sure if it's quite "there," yet. But should that stop me from going to ACFW?
So, here are my questions for those of you who've gone to the conference:
Was your manuscript "pitch" ready when you went the first time?
If my manuscript isn't ready, is it wise to make appointments with an agent and editor, just to talk about my idea and learn from them?
In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of going to the conference - do you agree it's the agent/editor appointments?
For those of you who haven't gone before:
Are you going this year?
Is your story ready to pitch?
What are you looking forward to?
I appreciate your insight on this subject. I've had the opportunity to hear Laura Frantz' perspective (thanks, Laura!) and Lindsay Harrel's (thanks, Lindsay!) and I'm eager to hear yours, too.