I have spent the past 2 days in Columbus at the COFW (Central Ohio Fiction Writers) conference, and it has been an amazing experience. I have met authors at all different levels, from just starting out to best-selling. I have seen some great presentations. All of them have been entertaining, and they’ve been very informative too.
I have to say that the best part has been having the invited agents and editors and featured published authors available for anyone to talk to. The tables in the ballroom had a name from someone in the industry posted, and we could pick who we would sit with for the various events. I met three agents just on a casual basis and just got to talk to them like a normal person.
I don’t think if it had been a larger conference that I would have gotten a chance like that. I hate the idea of a conference with thousands of hopeful authors constantly crowding the agents in attendance. Sure, there’s probably more agents there, but would you really get the chance to get to know them?
The conference was really well done all around. The speakers and topics were great and timely. I feel a lot more confident in my writing abilities and even my future marketing attempts don’t seem as scary any more. I left that conference with the feeling of “I can really do this!” and that’s the best feeling ever!