At a Writers Retreat and My First Book Signing!

Signing KILMOON! It's officially out next week!
Signing KILMOON! It’s officially out next week!

Last week we debuting authors of the Debutante Ball talked about writers conferences. How many ways can we love conferences? Oh so many! As luck would have it, I was actually at a conference all week: Wordcrafters of Eugene. First came the writers retreat segment from Monday through Thursday. I’ll just say fab.u.lous. I was lucky enough to work with New York Times bestselling author, Susan Wiggs.

Then came the conference. So many firsts: first time presenting as an author (I was nervous!); first time having books on sale; first time signing books … I could go on forever. I really could. I know I’ll look back on it as a breakthrough life moment, you know?

Meanwhile, though, I’d like to share my Debutante Ball post about the writers retreat. As you read, just know that I had a great time in my retreat. I got to thinking about good retreat behavior — and bad and ugly behavior.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly at a Writer’s Retreat

All I can say is “wow.” Today I completed a four-day writers retreat with New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs. As I write this (Thursday night), I’m sitting on my bed at the Hilton in Eugene, Oregon. OK, I’m exhausted–but I’m also exhilarated. I got some good work done, which you can read about on my personal blog right here.

Here are a few things that come to mind regarding good and bad behavior at writers retreats.

The Good

  1. Do be a person who invites feedback and thanks people for it. Be open. Doesn’t matter how far along you are, you’ll get something in return … PLEASE READ ON

2 thoughts on “At a Writers Retreat and My First Book Signing!

  1. It’s always weird to me when artists invite feedback that they don’t actually want. I’m fine with artists who don’t want feedback at certain times — and there are certain aspects of the work where you have to do what you think is right, no matter what other people think — but then don’t ask. It’s like people who give their work to beta readers and then get cranky about the feedback. I always try to take feedback graaciously, even if I disagree with it.

    1. I hear you, Anthony! I have plenty of friends who don’t want feedback while they’re writing their first drafts. That’s great. But if you’re going to spend money, makes an appearance, and give others feedback in a retreat — helloooo, be ready to receive too!

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