The Writing Conference Dilemma

Every January there are many writing conferences that occur over the three day weekend. There are others happening throughout the year. Do you go to a conference if you are mid-way through a book?
Without a finished book in hand, you certainly cannot offer the manuscript. But what if fate is going to bring you that one contact, whether it is a writer, agent, editor or auction publisher that will catapult you into the published club?
A basic conference will cost between $500 to $1500 including transportation, lodging, food and additional pitch/query/writing session and advice.
Conferences are an excellent way to connect with publishing avenues and people, however attending a conference and standing in the back of the room, not talking to anyone, would be a waste of time.
A suggestion would be, if your book is plotted, and at least one draft is completed (remember a finished book requires several passes of rewriting and one pass by a technical editor) then a writing conference would be an excellent investment.
If money and time is no object, attending a conference would be fun and perhaps motivating.
If your project is past the second revision it would be an excellent opportunity to find a possible sale.
So, there is a conference dilemma but it is a good idea, to start researching which one you are going to when you are ready.

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About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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