Whats up with writing conferences during all this COVID-19 madness?
Heres the thing … In order for online writing conferences to be successful, organizers have to find out brand-new ways to make it worthwhile for everyone included. And its occurring.
Till the pandemic hit, composing conferences functioned as a wise location for writers to learn brand-new abilities and network with authors, representatives and publishers for nearly 100 years.
Considering participating in an online writing conference? Heres five huge factors theyre fresh and beneficial.
If youre a freelance author in 2020, attending a new digital conference in the COVID-era might prove to be one of the very best opportunities for you in years.
Theres another sector of conference organizers rushing to develop a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and scrapped airline company flights online writing conferences are emerging.
Now what? Some writing conferences have just disappeared, while others have actually delayed to 2021, since its too unsafe to meet face to face right now.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers wish to attend an online event without the in-person benefits of conventional composing conferences?
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 board video game group, and investing quality time with his spouse and boy.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise the author of The Strange Air. A book series of paranormal secrets that mixes components of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Hes also part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
Believing about participating in an online composing conference? Heres his leading 5 factors to go:
1. Online composing conferences are more affordable
On average, online composing conferences are going to be far less expensive for companies to put on. Remove the location charges, catering and professors travel, the expenses of placing on the affair are halved.
Not any more though..
Traditional composing conferences can get pretty pricey.
In between accommodations, travel and admission costs, and all of those add-ons (Who does not buy an arm load of books?), you could easily pay upwards of $1,000 to go to an in-person occasion.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that utilized to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for authors.
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
2. Virtual conferences draw more agents … of a higher caliber.
Were talking about a few of the busiest individuals in the industry. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a genuine difficulty.
Without travel and lodging barriers, writing conferences are already seeing an increased number of agents, supervisors, publishers registering to participate in, and that indicates more gain access to and chances for authors.
The difficulty reserving someone for a single day is among both cash and logistics.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and manager required substantial workforce and a deep financial outlay.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for authors to arrange appointments with managers, representatives, and publishers.
The barriers are gone.
Agents, managers and publishers can take pitches from their office.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
3. Light conference attendance enhances the experience for authors.
More industry professionals.
Much better market specialists.
A lower number of participants will lead to less competition for networking time with those demanded market specialists.
That is a challenging truth for the majority of companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of revenue, most likely what keeps them running throughout the year.
On one hand, fewer writers logically implies fewer opportunities to network with fellow attendees.
OK, I get that. Think about the previous points:.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see so much more since the lines are so much shorter.
Ive been to a lots conferences and often pitches with the very best agents are reserved out weeks beforehand, leaving everybody else in the lurch.
In spite of the lower costs and fewer barriers, conference participation will definitely be down in 2020. Some quotes say that numbers will be halved.
If there is a publishing or a representative company that youre targeting, this is the year to attend the conference where theyre taking pitches.
Lower participation is a boon to writers. Why?
4. Virtual composing conferences are more accessible.
Online composing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
There are a few obvious reasons for that:.
Individuals with physical and developmental specials needs.
Writers from lower-income homes.
People experiencing social anxiety.
Conferences are pricey, as talked about above.
I have 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 ago. 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 each time I finish the three-day grind.
Whichs what readers are hungry for– more distinct voices.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is reason to think the writing world will open for these special voices.
5. Online writing conferences simplify networking.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the space between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we must remember to look at the modifications before us as chances.
Youre both on a computer system when you fulfill another attendee in the virtual chat space. All of your email and social media are right there to forge a deeper, longer-term connection with that fascinating conversation.
The scene is a familiar one.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will go away.
Accept the change of online writing conferences to grow.
But we are not living in ideal times. Vice versa, actually.
It is a Pollyanna notion to believe that a virtual authors conference can adequately change the real thing. The service is not ideal by any stretch.
Business card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long 3 days, I come house with a stack of a hundred cards, and I possibly navigate to calling or emailing a few of them.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. You strike up a discussion with somebody over the chafing dish. Theyre fascinating. Something youre working on has them thrilled.
You sit down, exchange business cards and … its over.
2020 might simply be your huge one to move up and make more as a freelance writer.
And thats great news for authors.
What do you think of online writing conferences? Leave a comment and inform us about it.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last three years and attended for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. At the end of a long 3 days, I come house with a stack of a hundred cards, and I maybe 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 group hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..