Whats up with writing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 craziness?
Now what? Some composing conferences have merely vanished, while others have delayed to 2021, because its too harmful to fulfill face to face right now.
Thinking about participating in an online writing conference? Heres 5 big factors theyre useful and fresh.
Going to a new digital conference in the COVID-era may prove to be one of the best chances for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Heres the important things … In order for online writing conferences to succeed, organizers need to determine new methods to make it beneficial for everyone included. And its taking place.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers want to participate in an online occasion without the in-person advantages of traditional composing conferences?
Up until the pandemic hit, composing conferences functioned as a clever location for writers to learn new skills and network with authors, representatives and publishers for almost 100 years.
Theres another section of conference organizers scrambling to create a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and scrapped airline flights online writing conferences are emerging.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
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 blends aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Hes also part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not writing, he delights in a great cold craft beer, baseball, a little travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his other half and child.
Thinking of going to an online writing conference? Heres his top 5 reasons to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more economical
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
Organizations around the country are slashing admissions. A conference that utilized to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for authors.
Traditional writing conferences can get quite expensive.
Typically, online composing conferences are going to be far less expensive for organizations to place on. Take away the location costs, catering and professors travel, the costs of placing on the affair are halved.
Not any more though..
In between travel, admission and lodging costs, and all of those add-ons (Who does not purchase an arm load of books?), you could quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to go to an in-person occasion.
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a higher caliber.
Were speaking about a few of the busiest people in the industry. 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 go to, and that indicates more access and opportunities for authors.
The barriers are gone.
Agents, managers and publishers can take pitches from their office.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how tough it was for authors to arrange consultations with supervisors, publishers, and agents.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every representative and manager required substantial manpower and a deep financial investment.
The problem scheduling somebody for a single day is one of both cash and logistics.
3. Light conference presence enhances the experience for authors.
That is a hard reality for a lot of organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a substantial generator of earnings, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
In spite of the lower costs and fewer barriers, conference participation will definitely be down in 2020. Some price quotes say that numbers will be cut in half.
On one hand, fewer authors realistically means less chances to network with fellow attendees.
Lower participation is a benefit to writers though. Why?
Ive been to a dozen conferences and often pitches with the best agents are reserved out weeks in advance, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see a lot more because the lines are so much shorter.
OK, I get that. Think about the previous points:.
If there is a publishing or an agent business that youre targeting, this is the year to go to the conference where theyre taking pitches.
More market experts.
Better industry experts.
A lower variety of guests will cause less competition for networking time with those demanded market experts.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more accessible.
Online composing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
Whichs what readers are starving for– more distinct voices.
Individuals with developmental and physical specials needs.
Writers from lower-income families.
Individuals experiencing social anxiety.
Without the long hours browsing an airport hotel, there is factor to believe the writing world will open for these special voices.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and went to for 12. Something struck me a very long time earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
Theyre (for the many part) kept in bigger cities and can be physically extensive. I understand Im exhausted whenever I end up the three-day grind.
Conferences are costly, as discussed above.
There are a few apparent factors for that:.
5. Online composing conferences simplify networking.
While all of us battle with how to bridge the gap in between the world before and the one were all headed towards, we need to remember to take a look at the changes prior to us as opportunities.
It is a Pollyanna notion to think that a virtual authors conference can adequately change the genuine thing. The service is not ideal by any stretch.
Youre both on a computer when you meet another participant in the virtual chat space. All of your e-mail and social media are right there to forge a much deeper, longer-term connection with that intriguing discussion.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. You strike up a discussion with someone over the chafing meal. Theyre interesting. Something youre working on has them delighted.
You sit down, exchange service cards and … its over.
However we are not living in ideal times. Far from it, really.
Service card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long three days, I get back with a stack of a hundred cards, and I possibly get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
Welcome the change of online writing conferences to grow.
The scene is a familiar one.
2020 may simply be your huge one to go up and make more as a freelance author.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last three years and participated in for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
And thats great news for writers.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. At the end of a long three days, I come house with a stack of a hundred cards, and I possibly get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise part of the team hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
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