After a lot of deliberation and looking over funds I've decided to attend the Hawaii Writer's Retreat (formerly known as the Maui Writer's Retreat) again this year. Again, you say? My God she's crazy! And I am, crazy dedicated to my career.
Last year I learned so much that I got every dollars worth out of it. I sat down with a NY Times bestseller in a room with only six other students and got one on one critiquing from him. He helped us practice pitching to an agent, both in query form and in person. He also helped us improve our books and take a good honest look at them. Which beleive me, if you've never done it, you need to! My book improved exponentially. Everyone's book can use improvement. If you disagree, ask an editor and do a reality check.
With the state of today's economy and my own finances, this was no easy decision to make. But, it's an investment in my future. The fact that going will help the economy and support the industry I want to work in did weigh into my decision. We must support the industry we want to work in folks, or it will not recover, I can't say that enough! It doesn't mean you have to go to conferences or retreats, just buy a book now and then if that's all you can afford. But the one thing we writers must remember is this, if you aren't willing to invest in your future, why should anyone else? https://www.hawaiiwriters.org/ for those who are able check it out, you won't be sorry you did, and hey, maybe I'll see you there! Best of luck!