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In the words of Natalie Merchant: Thank you thank you thank you thank you

October 23, 2013

Monday: How cow I’m tired.

Tuesday: My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

Wednesday: Oh, yeah. Life. I remember this.

In other words, you’ve reached the point where some level of normalcy may have returned to your life while you reflect back on the conference you experienced this past week.

What better time to assess and take some simple next steps?

You may have noticed that the conference includes ample time between sessions. That’s not just there so you can eat cookies and revel in the experience that is Florida Writers Conference door prize drawings. It’s there so you can strike up conversations. Talk to people. Make new connections.

And if you did that, today’s the perfect time to consider what to do with those new connections. There’s that person you got talking to before one of the sessions. Maybe post something on his Facebook timeline. Or maybe there’s that one person who really rocked their presentation. Perhaps a recommendation on their LinkedIn page would be an awesome and suitable thing to do. Or maybe that agent or publisher you talked to during one of the receptions. An email saying thank you might be just the thing.

The physical 2013 conference ended when the last door prize was awarded. But the conference experience–the relationships you forge and the friends you make–can go well beyond that. But you have to take the next step.

And finally, from everyone who worked on this year’s conference, we hope we made it worth your time and money. There are a lot of conferences out there and a lot of things you can do with your time. But you chose our conference as one of the things to do.

So, in the words of Natalie Merchant…

  1. October 23, 2013 7:05 am

    This is a great reminder. I’ve started going through my notes and contact cards already, but it will take several days to work my way through! đŸ™‚

  2. October 23, 2013 12:24 pm

    Reblogged this on jbcultureshock and commented:

    This pretty much nails where my mind has been the past few days! I’ll be posting a bit about my own conference experience on my author blog soon, and should be getting back to posting here regularly now that the things have settled down.

  3. October 23, 2013 5:46 pm

    Did it today! Got a bunch of emails and thank yous out to old and new contacts. Good reminder. Thanks for sharing…

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