I hummed and hawed a long time before deciding to spend the money on this. But then I reasoned - how often have I heard others say that making connections with real people is so useful for their career. Maybe I'll really be able to make a writing career happen this late in my life. Shoot, I only have one book contract, but I'd like to get another. So I have to keep investing in this dream, eh? Yes. Who needs a new sofa? (That's what I would have spent the money on and my old sofa is only twenty-something.)
I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing Kit Pearson. My daughters and I have loved all her books. I'm especially interested in how she ages her characters in her historical trilogy. Listening to a HarperCollins editor can only be enlightening; and, I need to know more about book marketing.
Plus, I'm on a planning committee for the 2009 Prairie Horizons conference, which is a wing of CANSCAIP. So this will be good research for that.
Okay, I'm convinced. No more guilt. I totally deserve to go to CANSCAIP's Toronto event.