- Learn something new about craft and the industry and then apply those lessons when I return home
- Introduce myself; make friends (sounds obvious, but capital-I introvert here, nice to meetcha...); put some faces together with online names
- Nail my elevator pitch! 26 words, baby! (now to remember them...)
- Relax, relax, relax
- Meet a lot of agents and editors; impress a few (particularly at my pitch appointment); get a couple requests for materials (pleasepleaseplease) (perhaps I should add: without sounding desperate or acting like an idjit)
- Identify/meet some new-to-me authors/books--you can never have too many books on your nightstand
- Listen, observe, make note!
- Do a good job moderating a session (Serial Vampire Bondage, Asia 2, Saturday, 7/31) (say 'hi' if you come!)
- Don't absolutely exhaust myself--I have to hit the ground running come the following Monday morning to finish my edit of pre-galleys on Forever Freed and to crank out more words on Fantasy Life
- Have mucho funno!
I don't want much, I know. But it's good to have goals. I'll update once or twice from warmer climes before doing a bigger debrief on journey's end.
Thanks for reading,