I am terrified.
Don't get me wrong--the workshops sound right up my alley. They cover topics such as writing for young adults, writing speculative fiction, writing query letters, and talking to agents. So why am I worried, you ask?
One of the workshops asks me to submit my first page of my manuscript anonymously and listen to the presenters give feedback. Now, there are other workshops scheduled for the same time slot, but none of them remotely interest me. And it would be great to get some professional feedback on my novel opening. BUT. . .
What if my face turns red when they start reading my page?
What if they say terrible things and I cry? It could happen. I cried at end of The Lego Movie.
What if they say nice things and I regret not signing up for one of the $30 pitch sessions? (Not as likely, but you never know.)
And, assuming I live through the session, what am I going to do with my hour-and-a-half lunch break?
What if people talk to me? I'm an introvert, so that could be awkward. Just leave me with my coffee and a book, and I am good. . .
. . .but, what if no one talks to me? Just because I'm quiet doesn't mean I don't like people.
I love listening to lectures and taking notes. It is just the rest of conference that terrifies me.
Have any of you been to a conference? What advice do you have for those of us who have never been to one? Leave your tips here, and many thanks!