Whats up with composing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 madness?
Now what? Some composing conferences have simply vanished, while others have delayed to 2021, because its too harmful to satisfy face to face today.
If youre a freelance writer in 2020, going to a new digital conference in the COVID-era might prove to be among the best chances for you in years.
Heres the thing … In order for online composing conferences to be successful, organizers have to determine new ways to make it beneficial for everyone involved. And its happening.
However how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers desire to attend an online occasion without the in-person advantages of traditional writing conferences?
Up until the pandemic hit, writing conferences acted as a smart place for writers to learn new abilities and network with authors, agents and publishers for practically 100 years.
However theres another sector of conference organizers rushing to develop a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and ditched airline flights online composing conferences are emerging.
Thinking about going to an online writing conference? Heres five big reasons theyre fresh and helpful.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes likewise part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
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 aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
When he is not writing, he enjoys a good cold craft beer, baseball, a bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his better half and kid.
Thinking of going to an online writing conference? Heres his leading 5 reasons to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more economical
Usually, online composing conferences are going to be far more affordable for organizations to put on. Take away the area fees, catering and professors travel, the expenses of putting on the affair are cut in half.
Theres capacity to get a lot more value.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. Whichs excellent news for writers.
Standard writing conferences can get quite expensive.
In between accommodations, travel and admission expenses, 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.
Not any more though..
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a greater quality.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for authors to arrange consultations with managers, publishers, and representatives.
The problem scheduling somebody for a single day is among both money and logistics.
The barriers are gone.
Agents, supervisors and publishers can take pitches from their home offices.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Do we fly someone out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and supervisor required significant manpower and a deep monetary investment.
Were discussing some of the busiest people in the industry. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a genuine obstacle.
Well, in 2020, that issue is no more.
Without travel and lodging barriers, writing conferences are already seeing an increased number of representatives, supervisors, publishers registering to go to, and that implies more access and opportunities for writers.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
3. Light conference participation enhances the experience for authors.
That is a difficult reality for a lot of companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a significant generator of income, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
More industry specialists.
Much better industry experts.
A lower variety of attendees will result in less competition for networking time with those searched for market experts.
Lower participation is an advantage to writers. Why?
OK, I get that. But consider the previous points:.
On one hand, less writers realistically suggests fewer opportunities to network with fellow guests.
This is the year to attend the conference where theyre taking pitches if there is a representative or a publishing company that youre targeting.
Ive been to a lots conferences and frequently pitches with the very best agents are booked out weeks ahead of time, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
In spite of the lower expenses and less barriers, conference attendance will certainly be down in 2020. Some quotes state that numbers will be cut in half.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter season. Youll get to see a lot more due to the fact that the lines are so much shorter.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more accessible.
Without the long hours browsing an airport hotel, there is factor to think the writing world will open for these distinct voices.
Theyre (for the most part) held in larger cities and can be physically strenuous. I understand Im exhausted each time I end up the three-day grind.
And thats what readers are hungry for– more special voices.
Individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
Writers from lower-income households.
People experiencing social stress and anxiety.
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 ago. Year in and year out, I was seeing the exact same faces.
Online writing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
Conferences are costly, as discussed above.
There are a few apparent factors for that:.
5. Online writing conferences streamline networking.
We are not living in ideal times. Vice versa, really.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them excited.
Then you take a seat, exchange organisation cards and … its over.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the gap in 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 chances.
When you meet another attendee in the virtual chat space, youre both on a computer. All of your e-mail and social media are right there to create a much deeper, longer-term connection with that intriguing discussion.
Organisation card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long three days, I come home 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 composing conferences to grow.
It is a Pollyanna idea to believe that a virtual authors conference can sufficiently change the real thing. The solution is not perfect by any stretch.
The scene is a familiar one.
2020 may just be your big one to move up and earn more as a freelance writer.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes also part of the team hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
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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 perhaps get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
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 very same faces.
And thats excellent news for authors.