Little Miss Know-It-All

I’m not really a know-it-all. I mean, sure, I have a habit of telling my friends which guys to date, or that a certain girl was not good enough for them. OK, maybe on more than one occasion I KNEW how to get somewhere without consulting a map only to be on a road to nowhere. And, yes, I realize that when my husband and I argue, sometimes it dawns on me he’s right.

Nope. Not a know-it-all at all.

So even though I’m a relative newbie and have a lot to learn about writing and publishing, I’m looking at the workshop schedules for some 2012 writers conferences and feel like, well, been there done that.

Yes, I know that the publishing industry is in a major upheaval. I get that e-readers are here to stay. I realize that how to figure your taxes while working full time as a writer is a good skill to know (or in my case,  just give me the damn business card for an accountant). Another workshop on how to pitch my novel, meh. Tell me one more time to build a platform and I’ll tell you to take a flying leap from it.

Why am I so jaded? Why do I sound like I’ve been going to conferences since Hemingway was pounding out prose when I’ve only attended two conferences? I think it’s because I feel unchallenged by the conference agendas out there.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting difference results. I’m not saying that attending a writers conference is a clinical diagnosis, but if after two conferences and staring at the line-up for a third, would it be insane for to attend if nothing jumps out at me? But, the upside to conferences, in addition to the camaraderie of fellow writers, is the face time with agents … agents that are bleary-eyed from hundreds of writers all eager to pitch our stories.

What would I like to see at a conference? Maybe a few more workshops on craft. For example, I’d love to take a workshop on poetry. I haven’t written any since high school, but I love when I write a lyrical line. Maybe some small critique groups – bring in a page or two to read to complete strangers and let them rip (and, fun fun, wouldn’t it be cool if an agent is hiding among them!).

Sigh. What to do, what to do. Take a year off from conferences? Or, go but realize that I’m going for the friends and the agents. Or, is there a third option that I haven’t stumbled upon …?

Is there another option for conferences out there?

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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4 Responses to Little Miss Know-It-All

  1. Frank Bishop says:

    Check out Donald Maass. He does conferences and workshops, but if you research him a little bit you’ll see that he has a completely different take on things.

  2. taureanw says:

    Parts of this post caused me to stop reading & start the slow clap!
    You bring up some good points, you shouldn’t go out of obligation you should go because it excites you.

    • Thanks Taurean! I agree, it needs to excite me enough to fork over $300 for registration. I was talking to a friend that writes YA and realized I was a little bit jealous of her, because that genre belongs in SCBWI and they have great conferences. Even though I write in boring old commercial fiction, I might considering going to a conference for one of the genres.

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