Of Writing Conferences

This year, I find myself in a limbo. The workshops are telling me what I already know. (That’s good, right?) There are more friends here than I’ve been able to track down.

However, I’m also in my native element. It’s something I can’t really explain. A switch in my head clicks over to the “comfort zone,” and the greatest conversations start to happen.

The things we talk about are often obscure, and often boring to non-writers. Without being boring on this page, I suppose I can say the best part is sitting down with almost anyone, from the head of a retailers’ association to a social media/PR contractor, and finding out how much I know about their area of our market sector.

More than I thought. (That is good, right.)

A strange list of topics, to close a long and tiring couple of days:

  • Big publishing companies getting taken before the Department of Justice by a major online retailer
  • Micro-presses that can be located in your local copy or office store, and that can print out any book you might think of wanting to buy
  • Ancient historical/biblical fiction
  • Words people use to describe different kinds of editing
  • The fascinating meaning behind a button that says “Where’s Jeff?”
  • The cost to authors of hiring their own public relations contractors
  • The beginnings of the postmodern movement and its relationship to famous ancient literature

The day waxes old. Tomorrow, I may just stay in bed and only go to my personal appointments. Socializing is wonderful, but extremely draining to me. Can you tell? Flattest blog post I’ve written in a long time.

It’s been a great conference. The end. :)


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  1. I hear you. After a few conferences, all the seminars start to sound the same. I keep going, because I figure reinforcement never hurts. And of course the best part of conferences is meeting people in person who I only know from online. Like you! Thanks for flagging me down when I was single-mindedly focused on getting a giant cup of tea. I’m glad we had a chance to chat. :)

    1. It was great to see you! Y’know, I think “sounds the same syndrome” is actually a comforting sign. It means arriving at a place where it’s not as complicated as it seemed at first.

      But probably, too, we have an advantage as editors. It provides an extra angle from which to understand our work and exposes us to a bit more of the business side.

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