Whats up with writing conferences during all this COVID-19 craziness?
Up until the pandemic hit, composing conferences functioned as a smart location for authors to discover brand-new skills and network with authors, agents and publishers for almost 100 years.
Heres the important things … In order for online composing conferences to be successful, organizers need to determine new methods to make it beneficial for everyone involved. And its occurring.
Going to a new digital conference in the COVID-era might prove to be one of the best opportunities for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Thinking of attending an online writing conference? Heres 5 big reasons theyre beneficial and fresh.
However how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers want to go to an online event without the in-person benefits of standard writing conferences?
But theres another sector of conference organizers scrambling to create a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel reservations and scrapped airline company flights online composing conferences are emerging.
Now what? Some composing conferences have actually merely vanished, while others have accepted 2021, because its too harmful to satisfy in person today.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
When he is not writing, he delights in a nice cold craft beer, baseball, a little bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and spending quality time with his spouse and boy.
Hes likewise part of the team hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes also the author of The Strange Air. A book series of paranormal secrets that mixes aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Thinking of participating in an online composing conference? Heres his leading 5 reasons to go:
1. Online composing conferences are more cost effective
Traditional composing conferences can get quite expensive.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that utilized to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for authors.
In between admission, accommodations and travel expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt buy an arm load of books?), you could easily pay upwards of $1,000 to attend an in-person event.
On average, online composing conferences are going to be far cheaper for companies to place on. Take away the location charges, catering and faculty travel, the expenses of placing on the affair are halved.
Not any more though..
Theres capacity to get a lot more value.
2. Virtual conferences draw more agents … of a greater caliber.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and supervisor needed substantial workforce and a deep monetary investment.
The barriers are gone.
Managers, publishers and agents can take pitches from their house offices.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
” Maybe one day?” They would say.
Were speaking about a few of the busiest individuals in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a real obstacle.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, composing conferences are currently seeing an increased variety of representatives, supervisors, publishers registering to participate in, and that implies more access and chances for writers.
Well, in 2020, that issue is no more.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how challenging it was for writers to arrange visits with publishers, agents, and supervisors.
The trouble scheduling someone for a single day is among both cash and logistics.
3. Light conference presence improves the experience for writers.
OK, I get that. Think about the previous points:.
On one hand, less writers rationally indicates less opportunities to network with fellow participants.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see a lot more because the lines are so much shorter.
That is a tough truth for a lot of organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of profits, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
This is the year to go to the conference where theyre taking pitches if there is an agent or a publishing company that youre targeting.
Lower participation is a benefit to writers though. Why?
More industry experts.
Much better market professionals.
A lower variety of attendees will cause less competitors for networking time with those looked for after market specialists.
Ive been to a lots conferences and frequently pitches with the finest representatives are booked out weeks ahead of time, leaving everyone else in the stumble.
In spite of the lower expenses and less barriers, conference participation will definitely be down in 2020. Some price quotes say that numbers will be cut in half.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more accessible.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and participated in for 12. Something struck me a very long time earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
People with physical and developmental impairments.
Writers from lower-income families.
Individuals experiencing social anxiety.
There are a few apparent factors for that:.
Theyre (for the a lot of part) held in larger cities and can be physically strenuous. I know Im exhausted whenever I complete the three-day grind.
Online writing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
Conferences are expensive, as discussed above.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is factor to believe the writing world will open for these unique voices.
And thats what readers are starving for– more unique voices.
5. Online composing conferences simplify networking.
Business card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long 3 days, I get home with a stack of a hundred cards, and I perhaps get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. You strike up a discussion with someone over the chafing meal. Theyre intriguing. Something youre dealing with has them excited.
Then you sit down, exchange business cards and … its over.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
When you fulfill another guest in the virtual chatroom, youre both on a computer. All of your e-mail and social networks are right there to create a much deeper, longer-term connection with that fascinating conversation.
It is a Pollyanna concept to believe that a virtual writers conference can effectively replace the genuine thing. The service is not perfect by any stretch.
However we are not living in perfect times. Far from it, really.
While all of us struggle with how to bridge the space between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we ought to remember to take a look at the changes before us as opportunities.
The scene is a familiar one.
Embrace the change of online writing conferences to grow.
2020 may simply be your big one to go up and make more as a freelance author.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise part of the team hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
What do you consider online composing conferences? Leave a comment and tell us about it.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. At the end of a long three days, I come home with a stack of a hundred cards, and I possibly get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
And thats excellent news for authors.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and went to for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the exact same faces.