Many of you may have noticed I didn’t post on my usual Wednesday timeline. (Or, more likely, no one noticed and now I’ve pointed it out so now everything’s awkward.) I could say that’s because I studied algorithms and realized that Thursdays have a greater click-to-read turnaround. (Ha! As if. That sounds like math stuff. And I don’t touch math stuff.) Or maybe it’s because I decided to shake things up a bit to make sure everyone was still paying attention. Or maybe . . . it’s because I’m moving in three days and totally forgot. Nah . . . it couldn’t have been that. 😉
Moving on . . .
It’s conference season! I’m talkin’ writers conferences. That means traveling and bookish things and friends and writing, writing, writing! (Or, at least thinking about writing.) Tweet this. It’s funny how such a boring word like conference can make me all:
Whenever someone asks me, “What’s your number one piece of advice for new authors?” I answer, “Go to a writer’s conference.” There are so many ways to grow. It would take a blog post in itself to list them. Hm . . . maybe I should write that. *plans to write it*
Why do I go to Conferences?
At first I attended conference solely focused on perfecting and growing my writing craft. But as you attend classes you make connections and network with other authors who become new besties and critique partners. There’s a unifying family feel that you can’t get anywhere else, because you’re surrounded by others who share your passions.
“But Nadine…you are published already! Why do you need to go to conferences?”
Just because I’m published doesn’t mean I suddenly know everything. I learn so much from conferences, not just about writing but about the changes in the industry. It’s a great way to keep up on what the writing trends are by listening to agent panels, or see how the publishing world is changing by chatting with a Big Five Publisher. My publisher (also known as Most Epic Genius) just wrote about why he still goes to conferences. And he’s been in the industry FOR-EV-ER.
For the bullet-point people, I attend writers conferences:
- To stay connected with fellow authors
- To catch up on the recent news in the industry
- To pitch new ideas (yes, even though I have an agent.)
- To learn. About writing, about people, about trends, about marketing. (Marketing is changing all the time.)
- To hug my agent and publishers (this is an important one.)
- To go through writer boot camp and get all inspired again.
I’ve attended 15+ conferences and never have I felt my money was wasted. But, as of 2016, I also go to conferences to teach. (Tweet this)
Teaching at my first writer’s conference
I am happy to announce I’ve been invited to speak at the One Year Adventure Novel conference next month. My face when I heard I’ll be hangin’ with a few hundred teenage writers:
Its. Going. To. Be. Epic. Expect much costumage, fangirling, and fun. I’ll be teaching two sessions — one on marketing and the other on whether or not writing is a good career choice. I’m excited and a bit nervous. I’ve taught sessions before, but all via Skype to groups or high school students so it will be even more fun to be with them in person.
So where else am I going to be this year?
- June 15 – 17: One Year Adventure Novel, Olathe KS (teaching)
- July 28 – 30: Realm Makers Conference, Villanova, PA. (staff)
- August 17 – 21: WorldCon, Kansas City, MO (coming & going)
- August 25 – 28: ACFW Conference, Nashville, TN (attending)
Which is my favorite conference?
Favorite? You want me to choose a favorite?! Well, the conference that got everything started for me as an author was the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. That’s where I got serious about writing and pitched my novel that ended up with a contract, so it’s near and dear to my heart. But I have two main “go to” conferences, both for different reasons:
I go to Realm Makers because you really can’t beat the camaraderie of 100+ spec-fic authors. It’s like a giant family reunion . . . but with a lot of books, costumes, nerf wars and awesome speakers. This is my favorite to attend for networking and a giant “I LOVE WRITING!” breather. It’s very comfortable and not so intimidating, especially if it’s your first conference.
I go to ACFW because that is my put-on-slacks-and-high-heels conference. That’s where I meet and talk with the big guns. It’s where I met my agent as well as keep up with what’s happening in the market. The classes are exceptional. This will be my third year attending and I try to make it a priority every year. (I also kinda won the Carol Award last year and still tear up a bit when I think about it. So this conference has many happy memories.)
So there you have it. Come find me if you’re at any of these conferences! Tell me in the comments if you’ll be there!
What’s your favorite writer’s conference you’ve ever attended? (Tweet this)
If you could hear me speak on any topic at a conference, what would it be?