So, I'm trying to decide whether to go to RWA National Conference this year or not...I think I've decided NOT to go, then something happens that makes me waver.
Here's the deal, I really do not enjoy the RWA National Conference. It makes me break out in hives quite honestly. I'm going to sound old and cynical, but there are just too many pent up hopes and dreams in one space for me. I get itchy.
I was born a cynic--and now that I'm older....well, it hasn't lessened any.
And I hate the big giant book signing, as a participant anyway. If I do go, I think I will skip that this year. I feel trapped behind that table...TRAPPED. I would rather roam and annoy others. I'm good at roaming and annoying.
But my friends go and my agent and possibly my editor. And other authors I'd really like to chat with in person. Sigh...then again there is the cost. The cost is a big negative for me. The fee is $425 and quite honestly, the last time I went I attended very few actual sessions. I do like listening to them on my MP3 player later, but I can do that without attending (and it cost extra either way). And the Ritas...also not really my bag, but I do have a friend who finaled. Of course, I doubt my lack of attendence will affect her too negatively. ;-)
And there's the money. Did I mention the money?
So, to go or not to go. I can not decide. How many of you go to conferences? And why? What do you hope to get out of it? What makes you leave feeling like your fees were well spent?