By Mary Andonian
“The agent wants to see my first forty pages.”
“The editor wants to publish my ‘How-To’ book.”
“The Hollywood producer wants the rights to my Young Adult series.”
You hear these things all the time at a writers’ conference. So what’s holding YOU back? If you’ve ever considered going to a conference, this is your year! We’re going to get you ready so you can put your best foot forward, regardless of where you are in your writing career.
Why a conference? You could spend time and money on any number of things: writing courses (both in person and on-line), writing critique groups, an M.F.A. degree, editing services, and instructional books, to name a few. Each contributes to your writing in special ways. But only at a writers’ conference will you come face-to-face with the very people who BUY what you write. If you want to start selling your product-your words-then it’s time to find out what those agents and editors are saying about your merchandise. You can only do that at a conference. A good conference.
What’s a good conference? They’re the ones that have a little bit of everything: established agents and editors who actually buy the types of things you’re writing, workshops that will help you improve your writing, business strategies to help you market your writing business, and networking opportunities with other writers. If they offer a writing critique service, then you’ve hit the mother lode.
Action steps this month:
What NOT to Do:
Mary Andonian is former agents and editors coordinator for the Willamette Writers conference, one of the largest writing events in North America. In past years, she was also program coordinator and co-chair. Mary is represented by the Reece Halsey North Literary Agency and is a monthly columnist for the hit e-zines, Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama. She has completed two book: Mind Chatter: Stories from the Squirrel Cage and Bitsy’s Labyrinth and is currently at work on her first screenplay, a romantic comedy. Mary is the mother of two girls and is the Brownie Girl Scouts leader for Troop 1102. Please visit her at: www.maryandonian.com.