First, this goes to show that I do indeed read people’s comments that are left on my blogs. I read Anne’s comment on my blog about the Open Mic and I wrote her back on it. But I felt like I didn’t really do as good of a job as I should have done.
Just like Anne, many of you might be looking at the price of Push to Publish and think it might be a bit too much out of your budget. I do understand that and it is a very real concern for people. However, here are my thoughts on it.
If you are serious about being a writer, then you will need to invest in it. You can’t just write what you think is a great story and think you are done. Remember my failed attempts at poetry and how I thought I was the reincarnation of Sylvia Plath? Well, I never would have wasted those editors time sending them my poetry and I certainly could have gotten a lot better as a writer if I went to some workshops or classes. It is just not enough to have raw talent in anything. You have to sharpen your talent and really mold it into you.
I told you how last year I just walked around the conference and was too timid to even talk to some of these editors and fellow writers. I kick myself everyday for being so dumb and wasting an opportunity like that. I could have learned so much if I just wouldn’t have been shy. Also, in the writing world…you can’t be shy. I lost an internship with a New York City publishing company because I wasn’t vocal enough. Sure, maybe I was just too scared or I didn’t want it bad enough. But, how many miss opportunities will I have before I learn not to pass any of them by?
I feel like you can’t put a price on knowledge and connections. Attending an event like Push to Publish can open many doors for you. In one place will be all the things you would ever need to become a writer. You bring your material. Everyone else (including other writers looking to make the same connections you are) will be there and all you need to do is go and talk to these people. If you open yourself to the possibilities and keep your eyes and mind truly open, anything could happen.
Again, I understand that money can be an issue. As far as conferences go, for all the people and information you can get here, this conference is pretty cheap. There is just so much a writer can learn and so many people a writer can meet; I just don’t think you can afford to miss it.
The bottom line is this…you know yourself. There are many real (and sometimes not so real) excuses we all use to keep us from taking a chance on things. I do it all the time. However, if you are serious about being a writer, then you know you have to give yourself every chance and no price tag can stop you from going after what you want in life. If price tags stopped me, I never would have went to La Salle University. I knew if I wanted it bad enough, I would find a way to get there. Sure, I can’t read my degree (it’s in Latin), but I look at it as a testament to my ability to get what I want from my life.
My final question to you is…do you want to be a writer?