Many writing conferences are coming up, and all of them look good! See a partial list below. Conferences are one of the best ways to get your writing in front of prospective agents and publishers, and network with other writers and publishing experts. Attending and directing writing conferences has greatly helped me along the path to publication. I feel every conference I've directed or attended has been worth the effort, time and money.
And I do believe in "praying in the finances." God can and will provide as you pray. I look on money spent for conferences as an investment in my writing career. I also pray for divine connections to the right editors, agents and new friends.
But how can you decide which conference is best for you?
Here are some neat questions and to ask yourself presented by our sister North Georgia ACFW Chapter. Ask yourself these questions about any conference you are considering. If you don't answer "yes" a lot, you need to do a bit more praying over it.
- Can I afford the conference (including tuition, hotel, travel and food)?
- Will it help me take the next step in my career?
- Are the publishers/agents I'm targeting for my genre going to be there?
- Do the workshops look helpful for where I am in my career?
- Am I up for an award? (Don't forget to enter contests so this can happen!)
If you do decide to attend a conference, knowing how to pitch, organize, and present your book is vital. We cover these things in many of our chapter meetings and will share more on the next blog.
Good conferences include small classes where you can interact and ask questions of experts.
Award-winning author and instructor Yvonne Lehman leads a class in Anderson.
Here's a list of some conferences we have posted on the calendar page of this blog.
March 11-12 Carolina Christian Writers Conf., Spartanburg First Baptist www.fbs.org/writers Tuition early bird $125, then $145
What part of pitching, or preparing for a conference, is hardest for you? Do you have a tip for other writers? Leave a comment or question below and please do share this blog on your social media.
Blessings on your writing!
Elva Cobb Martin
Elva Cobb Martin is president of the
South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former
school teacher and a graduate ofAnderson University and Erskine College.
Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have published her articles. She has published
a Bible study, Power Over Satan, available
She has recently signed a book contract with Prism Book Group for her first
inspirational romance, Summer of Deception. She has also completed a second novel, first book of an historical series, In a Pirate’s
Debt. Elva is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary. A mother and
grandmother, Elva lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund writing
helper, Lucy, in Anderson, South Carolina. She also leads an internet prayer
task force praying for a Great Awakening. Connect with her on her web site www.elvamartin.com, her blog http://carolinaromancewithelvamartin.blogspot.com on Twitter www.twitter.com/Elvacobbmartin, on Facebook and Pinterest