Whats up with composing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 craziness?
However theres another section of conference organizers rushing to create a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel bookings and scrapped airline company flights online writing conferences are emerging.
Participating in a new digital conference in the COVID-era might prove to be one of the finest opportunities for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Heres the thing … In order for online writing conferences to be successful, organizers have to find out new methods to make it beneficial for everyone included. And its happening.
Now what? Some composing conferences have just disappeared, while others have actually deferred to 2021, due to the fact that its too harmful to satisfy personally today.
Considering going to an online writing conference? Heres 5 big reasons theyre beneficial and fresh.
Until the pandemic hit, composing conferences served as a smart place for writers to discover new skills and network with authors, representatives and publishers for practically 100 years.
But how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers wish to go to an online event without the in-person benefits of standard writing conferences?
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes likewise part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not composing, he enjoys a good cold craft beer, baseball, a little bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his spouse and boy.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes also the author of The Strange Air. A book series of paranormal mysteries that blends components of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Thinking of going to an online composing conference? Heres his top 5 reasons to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more inexpensive
Organizations around the country are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats good news for writers.
Between travel, admission and accommodations expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt buy an arm load of books?), you might quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to participate in an in-person event.
Typically, online composing conferences are going to be far cheaper for companies to place on. Eliminate the area fees, catering and professors travel, the costs of putting on the affair are cut in half.
Not any more though..
Theres capacity to get a lot more value.
Conventional composing conferences can get quite pricey.
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a higher quality.
Without travel and lodging barriers, composing conferences are already seeing an increased number of representatives, supervisors, publishers signing up to go to, which implies more gain access to and chances for authors.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
Were speaking about a few of the busiest people in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a genuine difficulty.
The barriers are gone.
Publishers, managers and agents can take pitches from their office.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
The difficulty reserving someone for a single day is one of both cash and logistics.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every representative and manager needed considerable manpower and a deep monetary expense.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how hard it was for writers to set up visits with representatives, publishers, and supervisors.
3. Light conference presence enhances the experience for authors.
If there is a representative or a publishing company that youre targeting, this is the year to attend the conference where theyre taking pitches.
Lower attendance is a boon to authors though. Why?
More industry experts.
Better industry specialists.
A lower variety of participants will result in less competition for networking time with those demanded industry specialists.
On one hand, fewer authors realistically implies fewer chances to network with fellow participants.
OK, I get that. Consider the previous points:.
In spite of the lower costs and less barriers, conference attendance will definitely be down in 2020. Some estimates state that numbers will be halved.
That is a hard reality for the majority of companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of profits, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter season. Youll get to see so much more since the lines are so much shorter.
Ive been to a lots conferences and typically pitches with the finest representatives are booked out weeks beforehand, leaving everybody else in the lurch.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more available.
Individuals with physical and developmental impairments.
Writers from lower-income homes.
Individuals experiencing social stress and anxiety.
Online writing conferences open the experience up broader than ever before to:.
I have worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and participated in for 12. Something struck me a long period of time back. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is factor to believe the composing world will open for these special voices.
There are a few apparent factors for that:.
Conferences are pricey, as talked about above.
Theyre (for the many part) kept in bigger cities and can be physically rigorous. I understand Im exhausted every time I complete the three-day grind.
And thats what readers are hungry for– more special voices.
5. Online composing conferences streamline networking.
The scene is a familiar one.
It is a Pollyanna concept to believe that a virtual authors conference can effectively replace the real thing. The solution is not perfect by any stretch.
We are not living in ideal times. Vice versa, actually.
Accept the modification of online composing conferences to grow.
Service 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 maybe get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them delighted.
You sit down, exchange company cards and … its over.
When you meet another participant in the virtual chat space, youre both on a computer. All of your e-mail and social networks are right there to create a deeper, longer-term connection with that interesting conversation.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will disappear.
While we all battle with how to bridge the space between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we need to remember to look at the changes before us as chances.
2020 may simply be your huge one to move up and make more as a freelance writer.
What do you think of online composing conferences? Leave a comment and inform us about it.
I have 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 exact same faces.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. At the end of a long 3 days, I come home with a stack of a hundred cards, and I maybe get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
And thats great news for authors.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise part of the group hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..