Week Nineteen!! WOOOAAAHHHHHH!!!! Time is flying so fast! Please send me positive vibes that I finish this first draft by my deadline! This journey, so far, has been incredible. Truly, I have learned so much in the last few months and feel as though I’ve come so far I just can’t wait to keep plugging along. Just imagine, if all this could happen in a few months what can happen in a year? Please know that when you put your mind to something and truly commit amazing things will happen for you!
Speaking of amazing things, you might have seen that I attended the second annual Chicago Writers Workshop at the beautiful Congress Plaza Hotel this last weekend. It was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to attend again next year. I learned so much from the workshops but I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of all the extra things they offer when I go next year. You can pitch to agents or even submit query letters or pages from your manuscript for feedback by the professionals. But one of the best parts was being surrounded by fellow writers and lovers of literature! If you put yourself out there you can meet a ton of wonderful people. Be sure to check out my home page to see photo’s from the event! If you are interested in attending the event next year you can check out their website here https://chicagowritingworkshop.com/
I did want to talk a bit this week about the surreal experience of treating yourself like a business. When I received the final email update for the Writers Workshop they specifically put on there that you should bring your business cards. (What?! I need business cards?) So the week before the event I quickly ordered some cards for myself and I’m glad I did because I ended up using them. You have to market and sell yourself if you want to succeed as a writer. Don’t be naïve and think that you can hide behind your computer because that is not the case. You need to be willing to put your face out there. You need to be willing to talk to the person sitting next to you. If not, you will meet no one and you will go nowhere.
One of the most repeated lines of the day was this- “you are ahead of the majority simply by being here.” Pretty much every speaker repeated that line. You have to get out there and network, my friend, even if your book is not finished. My book is not finished yet but I still went and learned loads, not to mention, I made friends and had a great time. So start immersing yourself in the community associated with your craft, that was my biggest take away from the day. Not to mention, agents and publishers want to know that you have a platform so start marketing yourself now or you will regret it later.
You better believe that I will be attending these types of events as often as I can from now on. Be a familiar face! That way when you submit your work you may already have a foot in the door.
Until next time, here’s an inspirational quote to get you through:
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” – Oprah Winfrey