Whats up with writing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 insaneness?
But how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers desire to go to an online event without the in-person advantages of conventional writing conferences?
Heres the thing … In order for online writing conferences to succeed, organizers need to figure out new methods to make it worthwhile for everyone involved. And its taking place.
Going to a new digital conference in the COVID-era may prove to be one of the best opportunities for you in years if youre a freelance writer in 2020.
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 writing conferences are emerging.
Thinking of going to an online writing conference? Heres 5 huge factors theyre useful and fresh.
Up until the pandemic hit, composing conferences acted as a smart location for writers to find out brand-new skills and network with authors, representatives and publishers for almost 100 years.
Now what? Some composing conferences have merely disappeared, while others have accepted 2021, since its too unsafe to fulfill personally today.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes likewise chair of this years online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
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 elements of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
When he is not writing, he enjoys a good cold craft beer, baseball, a little travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his spouse and child.
Considering participating in an online writing conference? Heres his top 5 factors to go:
1. Online composing conferences are more budget friendly
Organizations around the country are slashing admissions. A conference that utilized to cost $600 now hovers around $300. Whichs good news for authors.
Traditional composing conferences can get pretty pricey.
In between travel, lodging and admission costs, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt purchase an arm load of books?), you could quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to participate in an in-person occasion.
Theres capacity to get a lot more value.
Not any more though..
Usually, online composing conferences are going to be far cheaper for companies to place on. Eliminate the location costs, catering and professors travel, the expenses of placing on the affair are halved.
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a greater quality.
Were speaking about some of the busiest individuals in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a real challenge.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for authors to arrange consultations with managers, publishers, and representatives.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
The barriers are gone.
Managers, representatives and publishers can take pitches from their house workplaces.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Without travel and lodging barriers, writing conferences are already seeing an increased number of representatives, supervisors, publishers signing up to participate in, which indicates more access and chances for authors.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every representative and supervisor needed significant manpower and a deep financial outlay.
The difficulty scheduling someone for a single day is one of both cash and logistics.
” Maybe one day?” They would say.
3. Light conference presence enhances the experience for writers.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Because the lines are so much shorter, youll get to see so much more.
More market experts.
Much better market specialists.
A lower variety of guests will cause less competitors for networking time with those looked for after industry professionals.
That is a hard truth for a lot of organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a significant generator of earnings, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
In spite of the lower costs and fewer barriers, conference participation will certainly be down in 2020. Some estimates say that numbers will be halved.
If there is an agent or a publishing business that youre targeting, this is the year to participate in the conference where theyre taking pitches.
On one hand, less writers logically implies less chances to network with fellow guests.
Ive been to a lots conferences and often pitches with the best agents are scheduled out weeks beforehand, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
OK, I get that. Think about the previous points:.
Lower attendance is an advantage to authors though. Why?
4. Virtual writing conferences are more available.
Theyre (for the many part) kept in larger cities and can be physically strenuous. I understand Im exhausted whenever I complete the three-day grind.
Conferences are expensive, as talked about above.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is factor to believe the composing world will open for these unique voices.
Whichs what readers are starving for– more special voices.
Individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
Writers from lower-income homes.
People experiencing social anxiety.
Online writing conferences open the experience up broader than ever before to:.
There are a couple of apparent factors for that:.
I have worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last three years and participated in for 12. Something struck me a very long time back. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
5. Online writing conferences streamline networking.
Embrace the modification of online composing conferences to grow.
Youre both on a computer system when you satisfy another attendee in the virtual chat room. All of your email and social media are right there to create a much deeper, longer-term connection with that intriguing discussion.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the gap between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we need to remember to look at the modifications before us as opportunities.
It is a Pollyanna concept to believe that a virtual writers conference can adequately change the genuine thing. The solution is not perfect by any stretch.
Company card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long 3 days, I come home with a stack of a hundred cards, and I maybe navigate to calling or emailing a few of them.
We are not living in ideal times. Far from it, really.
The scene is a familiar one.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. You strike up a discussion with someone over the chafing meal. Theyre fascinating. Something youre working on has them excited.
You sit down, exchange business cards and … its over.
2020 may simply be your huge one to go up and make more as a freelance author.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise the chair of the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
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 perhaps get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
And thats great news for writers.
What do you think about online writing 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 attended for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the exact same faces.