Change – Visualizing, Learning, Networking

Last week I attended an all-day seminar for my day career as a business analysts. I attended a session on change and how to be better at what you do. Listening to the speaker, I realized how this can apply to being a successful author/writer as well. Here are three steps to get you on your way.

Step 1: visualize what you want. I want to be a successful author. I can visualize myself signing books, being interviewed, meeting fans, having my name on the bestseller lists. I need to keep these images in my head, seeing myself in these situations every day. Make that at least five times a day.

Step 2: learn. Learn what you need to do to become that person. Gain knowledge so you can move forward with good business decisions. Attend conferences, take seminars/webinars, or classes at a college/university. You can also join different groups to be with people wanting the same goal. Learn from each others experiences and have a good support team on your side.

Step 3: get the word out. Tell people who you want to be – what you are aspiring to be or who you are. I tell people that I am a writer, and I am an aspiring author. Feel, see, and be the passion. Go places that will help you achieve your goal.

Visualizing, learning, and networking are strong keys to your success. And now is a good time to start!

RT Convention Summary

Now that it’s been a week since RT, I have time to soak in the information presented. I have my notes and now I’m ready for the next challenge with publishing my story. Generally, what I learned from going to the conference:
Sessions: very informative.
Contest: glad I entered
Books: loved getting the books and books and books
Food: sketchy (wasn’t sure when to eat or when food was provided).
Parties: fun – loved the shots of sex on the beach and cosmopolitans
Travel: light is nice but you need more than a carry-on with all the books
Networking: outstanding
I’m looking forward to RT 2013 – Kansas City

RT Convention

Day Two and Three
I love this conference. I am meeting so many interesting and great people at the RT Conference that it’s overwhelming. I have meet readers, librarians, authors, editors, agents, volunteers, male models, copy editors, and Hyatt security.

I decided to attend this conference on the spur of the moment. I checked out the RT website and saw that they scheduled e-publishing sessions for those wanting to self-publish. When Tina, my writer friend, decided to attend that confirmed I was going. I had a roomie. Then I read about the American Idol Writing Competition. On a whim, I decided to sign up for it.

At the conference, I attended the sessions on e-publishing and those were well worth the trip. I took lots of notes. I participated in the American Idol Writing Competition yesterday and today. I didn’t win the competition (a year contract with Nicole at Seymour Agency), but that’s okay. I received two requests to see my full manuscript and one partial. I am sooooo glad I decided to attend. And I thank Tina for her support throughout the competition. Lesson learned: Listen to your instincts and go with your whims.

RT Conference

Day One – RT Conference
This is my second full day at the Romantic Times Conference in Chicago, but I’m going to back-track a bit. We arrived on Tuesday and the afternoon started out somewhat rough. We won’t get into the security delay or my carry-on being stored at the back of the plane while I was near the front. Instead, I’ll just say that I made it to O’Hare safe and sound. Off the plane with carry-ons in place, I got my exercise trekking from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 to meet my co-writers coming in from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Good news, I had the right gate. Bad news, we walked back and forth trying to find their luggage in baggage (different terminal than what they arrived in) and then finding the shuttles going to the hotel. I got my exercise in for the day. Yahoo!!

We settled into the hotel after three security guys came to our room to help with our safe. We’ll blame it somewhat on the computers being crammed into the tiny space and a lot on the low battery that triggers the lock. The security men at the Hyatt are very nice.

We went to bed early – hoping for a better day on Wednesday….to be continued.