Returning home from #SAS2017 seems to be the tougher of the two travel days. It could be the extra centimeters of waist/butt size. It could be that I haven’t slept a lot in the last few days. It could also be that I’m a little sad to be leaving this “vacation” from real life and know I have to go back.
Or maybe it’s all of them together.
I loved my week in Austin. I learned so much, met so many wonderful people, and probably had the largest surge of Facebook friend requests at any time of my life!
Conferences are expensive, but worth it if you go with the intention of maximizing your time there. Don’t go just for the speakers, they are good, and you definitely take notes but don’t just go back to your room and be all introverted.
I’m nervous being around people I don’t know. I’m usually the guy that sits near the back of the group of chatting people and just nods his head hoping that no one will ask him anything.
It took me a day or so to get over that with #SAS2017, and I’m really glad I did. Not only did I get to hang out with people from the Apprentice group I’ve known so well over the last 10 months, but I met full-time authors who gave me advice on keywords, tweaking my advertising, cover advice, references to copy editors they use “tell them I sent you.”
If you can go, do so. You’ll be glad you did. Spend time with people you already know, to strengthen that bond, but also spend time with people you don’t. You will be glad you did.