I'm headed to Atlanta in a couple of hours for my first Moonlight and Magnolia conference. This will be the first conference I've attended that I didn't have a scheduled appointment with an agent or editor. For many people, pitching their work is easy and painless. I'm not one of those people. In previous conferences, much of my time was spent reviewing and practicing my pitch. By the time of the appointment, I should have been ready, but instead always found myself floundering. My last agent appointment netted me my dream agent, but I promise you, it wasn't from my smooth pitch. She was kind enough to ask questions and I actually had answers.
So I plan to thoroughly enjoy myself, learn from some amazing writers and experts, spend time with friends, make new friends and cheer for some of my favorite authors at the Maggies.
What about you? What do you enjoy most when you go to a conference? What do you look forward to and what do you dread?