Saturday, February 7, 2015

Making the Most of Writers' Conferences

Writers' conferences can be an excellent opportunity to network and learn about the business of writing. But in order to get the most out of any conference, you must define your primary goal. Yes it has to be more specific than "be a successful writer". Think about what you are trying to accomplish and who can help you toward that goal.

Study the panel biographies and develop a short list of relevant questions. Keep your questions brief. While a panel member may have a wealth of industry knowledge, she does not have the time to tell you everything she knows about the business.

On the other hand don't be so focused on your mission that you lose sight of potential opportunities. Even if you are intent on the traditional publishing route, it might not hurt to strike up a conversation with an indie romance author who happens to be on the USA Today's best seller list.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 the Truckee Meadows Community College Writers' Conference provides a great opportunity for Reno area writers to network. Now in its 25th year, the TMCC Writer's Conference continues to host an impressive line-up of authors and literary agents, at a cost that is easy on the budget as well the schedule (1 day). If you live within driving distance of Reno it is well worth the road trip. I have attended in the past and have always come home inspired and enlightened.