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:~: Sunday, February 17, 2008 :~:

To National or Not To National?

That's the question I'm grappling with these days.

I've done three so far - Reno, Atlanta, Dallas. All have been great. I've had a wonderful time, learned a lot, networked, networked, networked. I know the networking in and of itself is invaluable, but this year I'm still undecided. The first year I went it was all new and exciting (and Reno was cheap!). Atlanta was worth it because I won the conference registration in a contest and extended my stay to visit relatives in Alpharetta. And Dallas was a yes because I was a GH finalist. This year - San Francisco - is close, but expensive. The conference registration fee is higher, hotel is higher, and since I haven't sold yet, I'm not sure it's worth it. In addition to that, as great as Nationals is, the novelty of the whole thing has worn off. Until I sell, I don't know if it's worth the money. So I've decided to wait another month and see what happens before I make my final decision. I'd love to go...but...but...but...

Yeah. Lots of big ol' butts in there.

So what about you? Going for sure? Still undecided? Or definitely no?



Blogger Kendra said...

I booked my room because I had Marriott points to pay for it. But I haven't registered yet. That fee is big. I think I'll wait until my husband gets his bonus in March.

I just looked at air fare yesterday and wasn't impressed. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for something under $180. Most have been closer to $230 or $250.

I've never gone to nationals because I didn't see the point and the timing never worked. I'd like to go this year since it is so close. I'd also like to go when it's in Nashville. Yee-haw.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Lexi said...

I'm not going. I'm trying to save some money and get out of debt. Plus, I'm with you on the "I haven't sold yet" thinking AND what's worse is I have nothing to pitch right now. (Well, hopefully by summertime I will but I'm still not going!) I am DEFINITELY going to DC in '09 though.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

I'm going though I've had doubts. I would like to catch a larger publishing house, get a little more exposure, but at the same time- I hate how large Nationals is.

And with you, Lisa, and Alice all backing out- I've a feeling I'll be all by my lonely down there. But I guess it will be another character building experience!

I've saved to go, I have air miles I can use for the flight. And I hope to get some good proposals written up.

Hope you change your mind, but- if not, I'll be the lone MWVRWA member there!

7:54 AM  

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