This weekend, I’ll be heading down to Atlanta for the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference, sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers. I hear it’s a good conference to go to and it’s not that big. I guess so. This will be my first time there. Also, I’ll be signing a few copies of Unstable Environment. I’m looking forward to the booksigning event on Saturday and hanging out with fellow writers. That’s the main reason why I’m going.
This will most likely be my last conference for a long time. I have other things going on in my life right now that will keep me busy for a while. Not to mention my 3% raise won’t cover the 10% raise in conference fees that are happening across the board. The only math that makes sense to me is to stay home. So, that’s what I’m going to do in 2009.
Writing loops are on the chopping block, too. There’s only one loop I’m certain I’ll hang onto at this point. I joined most of them to get the discount with the online classes, but I’ve stopped taking those because I learn best by doing. While it didn’t cost a lot to join, it would be nice to get something out of them. Besides, I’d prefer to allocate that money towards writers groups that are more along the lines of what I write.
Subscriptions? Gone. I’ve already eliminated two and I’m on the fence with a third. The only thing that subscription has going for it is the renewel date. Unless something interesting happens between now and June, I’m not holding my breath.
And I don’t recall if I mentioned this before, but I’m in a book-buying fast. No more new books. Period. The only exceptions are those authors who are on my auto-buy list. I have more than enough books in my TBR mountain range to sate my reading appetite. When my fast will let up, I have no idea. To be honest with you, I’ve been fasting for about a month now. So far, so good.
So are there any adjustments you’ve made to your writing budget for next year?