Some authors thrive on the excitement and crowds at conferences. Others - like me - are hardcore introverts who are stressed by rooms full of strangers. I share my thoughts on the Writing from the Peak blog with the Pikes Peak Writers.
"I had attended PPWC off and on for nearly twenty years. Once I became published, other authors insisted participating in conferences was essential. You had to keep your name out there. Visibility, baby. Be seen.
You’ve got to work that conference. Schmooze. Mingle. You know – those things introverts just love to do. Not. So I tried. I got on panels, as a participant or moderator. I signed books. I networked in my own feeble, socially awkward way. And I left conferences drained."
How can an introvert actually enjoy a writers conference? How do you avoid conference burnout? Read my survival suggestions here.
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