I want to encourage you to look for a conference in your area to attend. Don't tell me you're scared, don't tell me you're too shy. Just start saving up and go. You'll love it, I promise!
The agent / editor panel and the Periodical / Ezine panel were both interesting, but most of the questions that were asked were things I already knew. If you follow any agents or editors at all, you'd know the answers, too. Why do people ask questions they already know the answer too? One of my personal pet peeves. Anyway....
I do have a few resources to share from the sessions I sat in on. You may already know about these, but I'll pop them up anyhow:
C.Hope Clark's Funds for Writers has lots of great information. Contests, grants, columns...check it out.
Margo Dill's WOW! Women on Writing is another great resource, plus she has her own copyediting business, Editor 911
Regina Williams, editor of Storyteller magazine, is open for submissions, hosts contests, and offers critique services. A subscription to the magazine is very affordable, too.
Catherine Rankovic offered 50 page critiques with registration. Everyone I talked to raved about her input. You can find her HERE.
I took a class on Social Media with Kathleen Ortiz. She's so awesome (waving hello just in case Google Alerts sends her this way). I had a bunch of cool links written down, but I've temporarily misplaced them. (Sorry!)
And finally, I sat in on Kristin Nelson's session. We submitted the first two pages of our manuscript and she read them out loud to the point she would have stopped had it been a real submission. It was extremely informative, I wish the session had been twice as long. Oh...and I went a little fan girl (blush) during the nightcaps session the first night...see?
Now, go off and find yourself a conference to attend! Best weekend ever! (okay, except for maybe the weekend I got married...)