We hope you had a great conference experience. Now get to work!
I bet you are, too.
There’s a certain kind of post-conference mindset I’ve found myself in every year. Tired, but satisfied and ready to sleep for about sixteen years.
Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way. Work awaits today for some of us. For some of us, family or retirement (the slowest time of life-ha!) await. Either way, as much as we might like an all-day in-bed TV-and-nap day, most of us aren’t going to get it.
And that’s good. Because even if you don’t have Work to do, you have work to do.
Sixty people were included in the FWA Collection #5 this year. Dozens more were honored with Royal Palm Literary Awards Saturday night. Untold others received requests for partial or full manuscripts. If you weren’t one of those people, the only thing standing between you and those accomplishments is hard. freakin. work.
If you were one of those people, there’s no such thing as just staying where you are. You either move forward or fall back. There is no standing pat.
If you attended the entire conference, you may have spent more than $600 on your craft. That’s enough to buy a relatively powerful laptop, a clearance-priced Prada clutch, or a keg refrigerator (complete with keg). It’s a lot of money.
And now, today is the first day of your post-conference life. It’s the first day you start reaping the value of that laptop, handbag, or keg fridge (or whatever else) was sacrificed for your craft. It’s time to put that money to work.
You already know the theme for next year’s Collection (first steps). You know the stories tend to be about 1200 words long. You know that we’ll have a Royal Palm Literary Awards ceremony next year, and though the details vary from year to year, the broad strokes stay the same. You already know there will be agents and publishers at the conference.
In short, you know what you need to do. Depending on what it is, you have between six months and year to do it.
So thanks for coming. We loved having you. We hoped you had a great experience.
Now quit screwing around and plant your butt in a chair and get to work.