So I am not gonna lie. I have been dashing to the mailbox for the last couple weeks, looking for that envelope from the Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference. My desk overlooks the front of the house and when I would see the mail truck go by–zoom! I was down the stairs and out the door. I knocked down the Beneficent Mr. Hall more than once. (Not to worry. He just rolled to the end of the driveway where I graciously helped him up.)
Finally, I got my letter. Of acceptance. Wheee!
Yeah, you have to apply to attend the conference. Now, honestly, I have no idea how many people apply. They accept around 8o writers because around 80 professionals (editors and agents, mostly) attend to provide one-on-one mentoring. Maybe only 80 writers send in the packet. I don’t care. I felt special. For about 2 minutes. Than I read the letter and felt a little panicky.
You don’t know who your mentor will be. You also have an opportunity for what they call 5-on-5–and you don’t know who those five mentors will be, either. But you do know who the 80 mentors will be.
Now, I am a writer who believes in being prepared before I hit a conference. You can read all about it over at The Muffin today. And if you do, you’ll see that I like to research speakers. Not in a creepy, stalker way. Just the normal, crazed writer way.
THAT’S A LOT OF PROFESSIONALS TO RESEARCH.
I’m just sayin’. So you might not see much of me for a month or so. And P.S. I’m even going to let the Beneficent Mr. Hall fetch the mail.
Congratulations, Cathy! It sounds like it’s going to be an awesome experience. Now, get cracking on that research. 🙂
Oh, I’ve been writing like a crazy woman, too! (I just hope the *writing’s* not crazy.) 😉
Good for you!!! I’ll be anxiety to hear all about when you return! Is this the same manuscript that you worked on at Highlights?
Yep, Gail! Madly working to complete it before I go!
Congrats, congrats, congrats, Cath!!! I’m so excited for you. You deserve this and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Maybe I’ll learn something by osmosis. 🙂
Well, I don’t know if I deserve it–but I paid my money and I’m going. 😉 (And I shall share all the deets on the old blog. When I get back.)
Yes, we’ll all be attending vicariously. Take notes, take videos, and bring them all back (to us) when you get back home.
Videos? Come on, Sioux. I’m a writer not a…a…whatever a person who takes videos is called. 🙂
(But I promise to take really good notes!)
Congratulations! Did you ever doubt you’d be accepted? You’re amazing.
I hope you’ll blog about it so we can live vicariously through you. It sounds great!