- by Sam Hunter
So, in a few weeks I head off to RWA to my very first writer’s conference — ever. Also my first book signing, ever, and my first time meeting my agent and many people I have only known online, ever. My first time flying alone, ever. For all of this, I am excited and ready to go — very happy to be taking part, and meeting people I have been waiting to spend time with, but I also feel I am sort of blind babe in the woods. I’m not even sure I know the right questions to ask.
Someone asked me “where are you sitting for the book signing?” (I dunno… chair, at a desk?) I didn’t know there was a list. People have discussed all kinds of things one should bring, must bring, must not forget. It’s a blur.
I made it easy on myself by not scheduling anything but social dates so far — and then whatever I can fit in, I will. I’m kind of making fun a key goal.
But since I had a log jam in my brain as I try to get work done and finish deadlines before July, this blog is late, but this is the topic I planned on anyway, so I’ll make it short and sweet: If you had one piece of good advice for a traveling/conference virgin, what would it be?
Do you all have any good tips for traveling alone, learning experiences you can share, or conference wisdom that will see me through this adventure?
NINC in St Louis, will be my second, ever. I should be experienced by then?
Also, book signing advice — never did one, and figured the best place to set up shop for the first time is with hundreds of other authors. I know I won’t be lonely either way — so any advice from readers or writers on booksignings would be great, too.
With great thanks and apologies for lateness to Pat,