How to best benefit at writers’ conferences

How to best benefit at writers’ conferences

You learn early that writing can be a very isolated and sometimes lonely process. Days at a time in a room with nothing but your computer and your thoughts can get start climbing the walls and dare you to join them. Perhaps that is why social media can be such a gem to writers. (It can also be the bane to your success if you aren’t careful.)

To be involved, to network and to learn your craft takes concentrated effort. Writer workshops and conferences can be a perfect resource for all of the above. Workshops and conferences not only offer a reprieve from the isolation and the “butt-in-chair” experience, but so much valuable and useful information can be gleaned if you go with the right attitude and expectations. Below are some points to keep in mind in order to get the most out of writers’ workshops and conferences.

Set your goals

As I’ve said, mingling and networking can definitely be achieved at these gatherings. But what else do you want to achieve? Are you looking to tighten a particular skill(s)? Are you looking to talk with an editor or agent? Know what goals you have in mind and that way you can make the most out of your time. There will most likely be a bevy of seminars and events happening simultaneously. Your key will be to focus on what you need for that particular time in your writing career.

Be realistic about your expectations

Hoping to sell a manuscript or land an-on-the-spot commitment is not only lofty, but also unlikely. These are not realistic goals for a conference—neither agents nor editors make snap judgments at such gatherings. Most likely you will be able to meet and talk with agents for a short period of time. You may also be able to find out what type of material they are looking for and follow-up with a query if you are invited to do so. Remember everyone is clamoring to sell their work. It may not happen on the spot, but a meeting-even a brief one-with an editor or agent may be the start you need.

Choose the conference based on your needs

If you are a Christian Fiction writer, attending a murder mystery writing weekend will probably not be profitable to you. Likewise, if you are looking to talk with editors and agents look for conferences that specifically indicate you will have that type of opportunity. If you are a beginning writer, trudging through your first few chapters focus on workshops geared toward beginning writers.

If you are in a position where you cannot get away for a conference consider other opportunities like online conferences. The panels and workshops all take place in a virtual setting. You can learn skills and even network in your PJs and slippers. It is completely interactive and can often be much more intimate. Also asking questions may be a lot less intimidating.


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Come Prepared

You won’t leave empty-hand, but don’t come empty-handed either. Bring your business cards or copies of your manuscript. Bring pens and notepads or even your tablet. Be prepared to write down questions and take notes. Have your “elevator pitch” in your head so that you aren’t bumbling when it is time to spout a short blurb about your current project. Come prepared to get as much out of the writers’ conference or workshop as you can. And what you don’t learn from this one, you can get it from the next one.

Join me online at the SORMAG Readers and Writers’ Conference, November 1-3.

 

SORMAG’s Online Conference

SORMAG’s Online Conference

It is my pleasure to have with me today LaShaunda C. Hoffman, the founder of SORMAG (Shades of Romance Magazine). She is here to talk about the online conference to be held November 1-3. It’s going to be an exciting and informative event. LaShaunda will tell us all about it, specifically events on the last day of the conference.

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I would like to thank Dorcas for hosting me today.

My name is LaShaunda C. Hoffman and I’m hosting the SORMAG’s Online Conference. The one conference you don’t have to leave your home to attend.

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What happens on the 3rd Day of the conference?

The third day of the conference is dedicated to Published Authors.  This day will focus on the business side of writing. A lot of writers are moving toward epublishing.  We will feature a few workshops that focus on this way of publishing.

The blog posts will offer the opportunity to ask questions of other authors who have knowledge about different topics.

The panel discussions you have a chance to listen to authors share their wisdom on different topics.  There will be Q/A session for you to participate in.

On the SORMAG Fan page we will host a networking sessions so you can connect with readers and other writers.

Have I convinced you to register?  Check out our agenda, and at the end take a moment to register.

http://sormag.blogspot.com/2013/10/sormags-online-conference-2013.html

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Who is SORMAG?

SORMAG is Shades of Romance Magazine an award winning magazine this is in digital and blog form.  We feature author interviews and book promotion.

Check out our latest issue – http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/642620

See what’s happening with us daily at – http://sormag.blogspot.com

Need help with your promotion – http://sormag.com/advertise.htm

 

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Invite to SORMAG’s online conference?

10/11 Simply Said Reading Accessories –  http://www.simply-said.net/

What is an online conference?

10/14 Bettye Griffin – http://www.chew-the-fat-with-bettye.blogspot.com/

How can you participate in an online conference?

10/15 Maxine Thompson – http://maxinethompsonbooks.com/blog/

What happens on the 1st Day of the conference?

10/16  Unoma S Nwankworhttp://unomanwankwor.com

What happens on the 2nd Day of the conference?

10/17 Makasha Dorsey – http://MakashaDorsey.com

What happens on the 3rd Day of the conference?

10/18 Dorcas Graham – http://Dorcasgraham.com

What are the goals of the SORMAG’s online conference?

10/21 Deatri King Bey – http://deatrikingbey.com/

Tips to have a good experience at an online conference

1.     Check the agenda and attend the workshops that will interest you

10/22 Renee Williams – http://allthebuzzreviews.com

Tips to have a good experience at an online conference

2.     Participate, don’t be a lurker

10/23 Shelia Goss – http://www.sheliagoss.com/blog

Tips to have a good experience at an online conference

3.     Meet new people, introduce yourself

10/24 Patricia Woodside – http://readinnwritin.blogspot.com/

Last Day to register for SORMAG’s Online Conference

10/25 Lori Soard – http://crabbyhousewife.com/

SORMAG’s Online Conference – Nov 1-3

10/31 See Ya On The Net – http://lashaunda.blogspot.com

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.  If anyone has a question for me feel free to leave a comment. I will be checking back throughout the day to answer them.  Hope to see you at the conference.  LCH