I’ve just returned from three fantastic days at the RNA conference. Having never been to a conference (of any kind) before, I headed off early so that I had time to settle in and get my bearings before the event begin properly. Thanks to the lovely members of the Birmingham chapter I soon felt right at home in the midst of this busy occasion.
I have to admit to being a little bit nervous before I went. Alright, very nervous. I was going to an event attended by so many fantastic and inspiring authors I was afraid I'd feel like an imposer. Not to mention the nail biting nerves at the thought of pitching my own novel to editors and agents. It turns out though that this is the friendliest group I could ever wish to be part of.
It was wonderful to meet so many writers, particularly those who I’ve been chatting away to online for months.
As for the terrifying prospect of pitching my novel... Well, it was still nerve wracking, but it was also really enjoyable. It was exciting to be able to chat about my writing, and interesting to hear their views, and listen to their feedback and suggestions. I've come away with so many ideas.
Thanks to all the organisers, agents, publishers, speakers and authors who made this event such a success. I am looking forward to next year already!