Whats up with composing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 madness?
Now what? Some writing conferences have actually merely disappeared, while others have actually accepted 2021, since its too harmful to meet in person right now.
Attending a brand-new digital conference in the COVID-era might show to be one of the finest chances for you in years if youre a freelance writer in 2020.
Up until the pandemic hit, composing conferences worked as a smart place for authors to learn brand-new skills and network with authors, agents and publishers for nearly 100 years.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers wish to attend an online occasion without the in-person advantages of conventional composing conferences?
Heres the important things … In order for online writing conferences to prosper, organizers need to determine brand-new ways to make it worthwhile for everyone included. And its occurring.
Considering going to an online composing conference? Heres 5 big reasons theyre helpful and fresh.
However theres another section of conference organizers scrambling to formulate 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
When he is not writing, he takes pleasure in a good cold craft beer, baseball, a bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his partner and kid.
Hes also part of the team 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 elements of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Thinking of participating in an online composing conference? Heres his top 5 factors to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more budget friendly
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for authors.
Not any more though..
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
Standard writing conferences can get quite expensive.
On average, online writing conferences are going to be far less expensive for companies to put on. Remove the place charges, catering and faculty travel, the expenses of placing on the affair are cut in half.
Between travel, accommodations and admission costs, and all of those add-ons (Who does not buy an arm load of books?), you might easily pay upwards of $1,000 to go to an in-person event.
2. Virtual conferences draw more agents … of a higher quality.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
Well, in 2020, that issue is no more.
The difficulty reserving someone for a single day is among both money and logistics.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every representative and supervisor required significant workforce and a deep financial expense.
Without travel and lodging barriers, writing conferences are currently seeing an increased number of representatives, managers, publishers registering to participate in, which implies more gain access to and chances for authors.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how challenging it was for authors to schedule appointments with publishers, supervisors, and agents.
The barriers are gone.
Publishers, agents and supervisors can take pitches from their house workplaces.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Were discussing some of the busiest people in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a real obstacle.
3. Light conference participation enhances the experience for authors.
OK, I get that. Think about the previous points:.
More industry experts.
Better industry professionals.
A lower variety of participants will lead to less competition for networking time with those sought after market specialists.
Ive been to a lots conferences and frequently pitches with the finest representatives are booked out weeks beforehand, leaving everyone else in the stumble.
If there is a representative or a publishing company that youre targeting, this is the year to participate in the conference where theyre taking pitches.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see a lot more because the lines are a lot shorter.
On one hand, fewer writers rationally suggests less opportunities to network with fellow attendees.
Lower attendance is an advantage to authors. Why?
That is a tough reality for many companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of revenue, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
In spite of the lower expenses and less barriers, conference attendance will definitely be down in 2020. Some estimates state that numbers will be cut in half.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more available.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and attended for 12. Something struck me a very long time earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
Theyre (for the most part) held in bigger cities and can be physically rigorous. I understand Im exhausted each time I end up the three-day grind.
Without the long hours browsing an airport hotel, there is reason to believe the writing world will open for these unique voices.
Whichs what readers are starving for– more unique voices.
Online writing conferences open the experience up larger than ever before to:.
People with physical and developmental impairments.
Writers from lower-income families.
People experiencing social anxiety.
There are a few obvious factors for that:.
Conferences are pricey, as gone over above.
5. Online writing conferences simplify networking.
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.
It is a Pollyanna notion to think that a virtual authors conference can effectively change the real thing. The service is not ideal by any stretch.
We are not living in ideal times. Far from it, actually.
Business card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long three days, I get home with a stack of a hundred cards, and I perhaps navigate to calling or emailing a few of them.
Embrace the modification of online writing conferences to grow.
While all of us battle with how to bridge the space between the world prior to and the one were all headed towards, we should remember to take a look at the changes before us as opportunities.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will go away.
When you satisfy another guest in the virtual chatroom, youre both on a computer system. All of your email and social media are right there to forge a deeper, longer-term connection with that interesting discussion.
The scene is a familiar one.
2020 might just be your huge one to go up and make 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..
And thats great news for writers.
I have 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.
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.
What do you consider online composing conferences? Leave a comment and tell us about it.