Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • September 26, 2016
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Attending writing conferences is the best way to self promote.
However, its important to find the one that is best for your self image. Make sure you do your research to find that conference that will really boost your author image. Self promotion is essential to get your writing noticed, so make sure you take the proper steps to create the image you want.
As I write this I am watching through my mobile office window someone assembling conference bags. It brings back memories of doing the same thing (several times) and hope that the people attending your conference will be supercharged with excitement and learning.
Attending a writing conference is one of those great things you can do to give yourself a boost. To get the most out of it you do need to choose your conference carefully. I always look at conference blogs to get ideas and latest information. Sara Letourneau has a great run down on the latest Writers Digest conference– all the best bits and learning.
Angela Ackerman writes about what it is like on the presenting side and what she learned as best practice in a recent conference.(100% agree with her from my experience of programming 2 national conferences.)
Once you have decided what your writing means to you figure out what you need to focus on and then look for a conference to suit. Research the speakers. Sue Coletta was interviewed by Larry Brooks about her writing success story and how she did it.
In the Craft Section
In the Marketing Section
John Green has been struggling with the problem of Writer Success. He talks about the emotional toll of this as well as the toll on his writing. A must watch video.
Know what you are getting into… and cultivate your writing friends. They know the journey and will celebrate with you and commiserate with you. If it’s throw the manuscript against the wall time… then read some advice from Chuck.
Note: mobile office = car
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.