Case and point: When I attended my first writer’s conference, I had great plans to sit right up front so the keynote speaker, Sharon Sala, and the agent, Paige Wheeler, would see my shining face. My thought my eagerness to learn the craft of writing would simply make their day and imprint my smile in their memory.
Then, a lovely woman sat next to me. Her gorgeous smile and kind eyes helped me get through my frustration and nervousness of attending the conference.
“Are you pitching today?” she asked me.
Turning to face me, she nodded. “Okay, then pitch to me. Let’s practice.”
So I pitched and practiced. She gave me pointers and I tried again. We spoke through two cups of coffee and afterwards, I felt far more secure.
About that time, someone walked up to her and said, “We’ll call you up after our president speaks, Mrs. Sala.”
She smiled and I tried not to freak out. I’d been practicing with best-selling author, Sharon Sala?
I’m so proud, I didn’t say anything to make her realize I was a total moron and I’ve had the great fortune to speak with her several times since then.
Since then, I’ve always extended a hand to other writers, helped where I could, and always encouraged people to keep going.
Because you just never know who you’re helping and where their amazing journey will go.