Whats up with composing conferences during all this COVID-19 madness?
Till the pandemic hit, composing conferences worked as a smart place for writers to discover new skills and network with authors, agents and publishers for practically 100 years.
Attending a new digital conference in the COVID-era might prove to be one of the best chances for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Theres another sector of conference organizers scrambling to develop a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel reservations and ditched airline flights online composing conferences are emerging.
Heres the thing … In order for online composing conferences to succeed, organizers have to find out new ways to make it beneficial for everyone included. And its occurring.
Now what? Some composing conferences have just vanished, while others have actually delayed to 2021, because its too dangerous to meet in individual today.
Considering participating in an online writing conference? Heres 5 big factors theyre fresh and beneficial.
But how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers want to attend an online occasion without the in-person advantages of traditional composing conferences?
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes likewise part of the team hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not composing, he delights in a good cold craft beer, baseball, a bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his spouse and child.
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.
Believing about attending an online writing conference? Heres his leading 5 factors to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more inexpensive
Theres capacity to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that utilized to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats good news for writers.
Traditional composing conferences can get pretty expensive.
In between admission, travel and lodging costs, and all of those add-ons (Who does not purchase an arm load of books?), you might quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to go to an in-person event.
Not any more though..
On average, online writing conferences are going to be far less expensive for companies to place on. Remove the place fees, catering and faculty travel, the costs of putting on the affair are cut in half.
2. Virtual conferences draw more agents … of a greater quality.
Were discussing a few of the busiest people in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a real obstacle.
Well, in 2020, that problem is no more.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, writing conferences are currently seeing an increased variety of representatives, supervisors, publishers signing up to go to, and that implies more access and opportunities for authors.
” Maybe one day?” They would say.
The trouble reserving someone for a single day is among both cash and logistics.
The barriers are gone.
Publishers, agents and supervisors can take pitches from their office.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how challenging it was for writers to arrange visits with publishers, agents, and supervisors.
Do we fly someone out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and manager required significant workforce and a deep monetary investment.
3. Light conference participation improves the experience for writers.
Lower attendance is a boon to authors though. Why?
OK, I get that. However think about the previous points:.
In spite of the lower expenses and fewer barriers, conference participation will definitely be down in 2020. Some estimates state that numbers will be halved.
More market experts.
Better industry experts.
A lower variety of attendees will lead to less competitors for networking time with those sought after market specialists.
Ive been to a lots conferences and often pitches with the very best agents are booked out weeks beforehand, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
On one hand, fewer writers realistically means fewer opportunities to network with fellow attendees.
That is a challenging truth for many companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a significant generator of income, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
This is the year to participate in the conference where theyre taking pitches if there is an agent or a publishing business that youre targeting.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see so much more since the lines are a lot shorter.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more accessible.
Whichs what readers are starving for– more special voices.
I have worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and went to for 12. Something struck me a long time earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the exact same faces.
Theyre (for the a lot of part) kept in larger cities and can be physically extensive. I understand Im exhausted every time I end up the three-day grind.
Conferences are pricey, as discussed above.
People with developmental and physical specials needs.
Writers from lower-income homes.
People experiencing social anxiety.
Without the long hours browsing an airport hotel, there is reason to think the writing world will open for these distinct voices.
There are a couple of apparent factors for that:.
Online writing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
5. Online writing conferences simplify networking.
When you satisfy another attendee in the virtual chat room, youre both on a computer. All of your e-mail and social networks are right there to forge a much deeper, longer-term connection with that fascinating conversation.
Business card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long 3 days, I get back with a stack of a hundred cards, and I possibly navigate to calling or emailing a few of them.
While all of us struggle with how to bridge the gap between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we ought to keep in mind to look at the changes prior to us as chances.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will disappear.
We are not living in perfect times. Vice versa, really.
It is a Pollyanna idea to think that a virtual writers conference can properly change the real thing. The solution is not perfect by any stretch.
The scene is a familiar one.
Welcome the change of online composing conferences to grow.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them excited.
You sit down, exchange organisation cards and … its over.
2020 might simply be your huge one to move up and earn more as a freelance author.
What do you think of online writing conferences? Leave a comment and inform us about it.
And thats great news for authors.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes also part of the team hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
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 perhaps get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
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 same faces.