Whats up with composing conferences during all this COVID-19 craziness?
Going to a new digital conference in the COVID-era might show to be one of the best opportunities for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Heres the important things … In order for online composing conferences to be successful, organizers have to figure out brand-new ways to make it worthwhile for everybody involved. And its taking place.
Now what? Some writing conferences have actually just vanished, while others have deferred to 2021, due to the fact that its too dangerous to meet face to face today.
Thinking about attending an online writing conference? Heres 5 huge factors theyre beneficial and fresh.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers wish to go to an online occasion without the in-person advantages of traditional writing conferences?
Until the pandemic hit, composing conferences served as a smart place for authors to find out brand-new skills and network with authors, agents and publishers for almost 100 years.
Theres another section of conference organizers rushing to develop a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and scrapped airline flights online composing conferences are emerging.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise the author of The Strange Air. A book series of paranormal mysteries that blends aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Hes likewise part of the team hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not composing, he enjoys a nice cold craft beer, baseball, a little bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and spending quality time with his wife and child.
Thinking about participating in an online composing conference? Heres his leading 5 reasons to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more cost effective
Theres capacity to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
Usually, online writing conferences are going to be far more affordable for companies to put on. Eliminate the location charges, catering and faculty travel, the expenses of putting on the affair are cut in half.
Standard composing conferences can get pretty expensive.
In between travel, admission and accommodations expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt buy an arm load of books?), you could quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to participate in an in-person event.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for writers.
Not any more though..
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a higher caliber.
Were talking about some of the busiest individuals in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a genuine difficulty.
Do we fly someone out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and supervisor needed considerable manpower and a deep financial outlay.
The barriers are gone.
Publishers, managers and agents can take pitches from their house offices.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for authors to set up consultations with supervisors, agents, and publishers.
Well, in 2020, that issue is no more.
The problem reserving somebody for a single day is among both money and logistics.
” Maybe one day?” They would say.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, composing conferences are already seeing an increased number of agents, managers, publishers registering to attend, which means more gain access to and opportunities for writers.
3. Light conference presence enhances the experience for authors.
Ive been to a dozen conferences and typically pitches with the best representatives are scheduled out weeks ahead of time, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
On one hand, fewer authors rationally means less chances to network with fellow attendees.
In spite of the lower expenses and fewer barriers, conference attendance will definitely be down in 2020. Some price quotes say that numbers will be cut in half.
If there is an agent or a publishing company that youre targeting, this is the year to go to the conference where theyre taking pitches.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see so much more due to the fact that the lines are so much shorter.
OK, I get that. However think about the previous points:.
Lower attendance is an advantage to authors though. Why?
That is a difficult truth for many companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of earnings, most likely what keeps them running throughout the year.
More market experts.
Better industry experts.
A lower variety of participants will result in less competitors for networking time with those demanded market professionals.
4. Virtual writing conferences are more available.
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 long period of time ago. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
Online composing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
Conferences are costly, as gone over above.
People with developmental and physical impairments.
Writers from lower-income households.
People experiencing social anxiety.
Theyre (for the most part) held in bigger cities and can be physically rigorous. I understand Im exhausted every time I complete the three-day grind.
There are a couple of obvious factors for that:.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is reason to believe the writing world will open for these special voices.
Whichs what readers are hungry for– more distinct voices.
5. Online writing conferences streamline networking.
Embrace the change of online composing conferences to grow.
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.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them excited.
You sit down, exchange service cards and … its over.
While all of us battle with how to bridge the gap between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we ought to keep in mind to take a look at the modifications prior to us as opportunities.
The scene is a familiar one.
Youre both on a computer when you fulfill another participant in the virtual chat room. All of your e-mail and social media are right there to forge a much deeper, longer-term connection with that fascinating conversation.
It is a Pollyanna concept to think that a virtual writers conference can sufficiently replace the real thing. The solution is not ideal by any stretch.
But we are not living in ideal times. Vice versa, in fact.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
2020 may just be your big one to go up and make more as a freelance author.
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 maybe get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last three years and went to for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the exact same faces.
What do you think of online writing conferences? Leave a remark and tell us about it.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise part of the group hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..