What to do the week after #DFWCON

Storm Trooper Gets Down

I love the feel of a stack of business cards in my hands. New friends, new contacts and and another year of DFW CON behind me.

It’s been a full week. Where should you be by now?

Follow me down the rabbit hole and swim past the still fresh memories and lingering euphoria to where your reality resides. It’s time to push past the fog and get to work.

1) Business cards

Review your new writer friends cards and make sure you’ve followed them all on twitter, facebook, etc. Make sure to keep in touch with them especially if they write your genre. If they have books, make sure to look them up on goodreads.

If you received cards from agents, make sure you use the free handy chart from my awesome friend Annie created to keep track of agent contact info and submission tracking. It’s incredibly useful.

2) Organize your notes

I didn’t take a lot of handwritten notes this year. Instead I relied on my iPad and emailed the notes to myself. However, if you went retro and have pages of notes still scattered everywhere, now is the time to finally type it up. Review your notes and put into action all the new material you learned, if possible. I heard Roni Loren gave an awesome class on creating author websites. Go and create that website you’ve been putting off longer than a trip to the dentist. And then go to the dentist afterwards. Waitings room are the best places to people watch.

3) Find a critique group/partner/beta reader

All writers need a non-family member or friend to give you honest constructive feedback on your work, synopsis or query letter. You have a stack of business cards and a bunch of new cool writer friends. Form your own group or poke your head around on twitter to see if there’s one you can join. Also check your local library to see if one exists. Now’s the time to polish and send out to agents.

And last but not least, don’t waste the post conference excitement! You remember that feeling afterwards where you felt anything was possible? It wasn’t a dream or a strange and beautiful trip. It was all real. You can do it! You can find the agent who will fall in love with your prose and story. It may not happen right away but it will happen. Don’t give up.  Use this momentum to crawl out of the grave of your writing and feed on the living and you know, write too. The undead need to entertainment too.

Or so I’ve been told.