I limit my conferences to two a year, three if I’m invited as a speaker. The Lexicon Conference in Denton, Texas exceeds my expectations every year. Why? Because it encourages the sharing of information that helps other writers succeed. If I had known about Lexicon when I was starting out, I would have arrived at my goals quicker. Mitch Haynes puts on a hell of a conference. Every person attending feels like a winner, whether they’ve published or not.
Published authors, publishers, agents, and support service people mingle together sharing ideas and giving others the benefit of their experiences. The atmosphere smacks of energy and intimacy. Your learn as much walking the halls as you do in the sessions, and Mitch provides an atmosphere that’s open. No question considered stupid. No comment ignored.
Several mystery, thriller, suspense writers attend, so I talk shop on the level I’m at in my writing. Amazing people with solid knowledge roam the halls between sessions open to help me improve. A future Nora Roberts or Ken Follett attending the session can ask questions and learn. I don’t know a person going who isn’t eager to give freely of their expertise. And yes, not only at the bar after several drinks. But anytime.
My session at Lexicon will cover my journey to publishing, mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. It’s soup to nuts from the day I put a pencil to the paper–yes back that far–to today. I don’t care where you live. DFW is less than an hour away. My home conference is OWFI. I love to attend. Lexicon is my home away from home conference. I challenge you. Attend once. You’ll become a believer. July 17-19. Check out their website: http://www.lexi-conwritersconference.com/