Have you heard of "The Muse and the Marketplace 2006" conference sponsored by Grub Street, Inc in Boston?
I'm in the Beantown area and thinking of attending. I'm also thinking of shelling out the additional money for the manuscript mart--it's a bit pricey, but the money is a donation to Grub Street, Inc, which seems like a good organization.
Are these types of conferences worth the price of admission? Or should I save my pennies for query postage?
I looked at the website and I know quite a few of the agents and editors on the roster. Whether it's "worth the price of admission" I don't know cause I've never attended one of these things as a writer ...ie paying to go. I sit on the other side of the desk with Killer Yapp and shout for refills of the gin IV.
My guess is however that among the readers of this blog are a fair number who have attended conferences like this, or even this one in previous years. Let's ask them to give us the scoop:
Have you attened a writing conference like this?
What are the "this is a good thing" signs to watch for?
What are the red flags to watch for?
Was your experience "worth it"?
Would you attend again?
Email me your experiences and I'll post them. If you want anything to be confidential, let me know in the email.
Miss Genoese published a lovely bit of advice on attending these kinds of conferences. If you're thinking of going, you might want to print it out, memorize it and live it.