Whats up with writing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 madness?
Heres the thing … In order for online writing conferences to prosper, organizers have to determine new ways to make it rewarding for everyone included. And its taking place.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers wish to participate in an online event without the in-person advantages of standard composing conferences?
Believing about participating in an online composing conference? Heres 5 huge reasons theyre fresh and beneficial.
Now what? Some composing conferences have just vanished, while others have actually accepted 2021, due to the fact that its too dangerous to fulfill in individual today.
Participating in 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.
Up until the pandemic hit, composing conferences functioned as a clever place for writers to discover new skills and network with authors, representatives and publishers for nearly 100 years.
Theres another section of conference organizers scrambling to develop a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel bookings and scrapped airline flights online writing conferences are emerging.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
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 mixes aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Hes also part of the team hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not writing, he enjoys a good cold craft beer, baseball, a bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his board video game group, and spending quality time with his partner and son.
Thinking of participating in an online writing conference? Heres his top 5 reasons to go:
1. Online composing conferences are more cost effective
In between admission, accommodations and travel expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt purchase an arm load of books?), you might quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to attend an in-person event.
Organizations around the country are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for authors.
Conventional composing conferences can get quite expensive.
Not any more though..
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your buck.
Typically, online writing conferences are going to be far cheaper for companies to put on. Eliminate the location fees, catering and professors travel, the costs of putting on the affair are halved.
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a greater caliber.
The barriers are gone.
Managers, agents and publishers can take pitches from their home offices.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how challenging it was for writers to set up consultations with supervisors, publishers, and agents.
” Maybe one day?” They would say.
Without travel and lodging barriers, composing conferences are currently seeing an increased number of agents, managers, publishers signing up to go to, and that indicates more gain access to and chances for authors.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and manager needed considerable workforce and a deep financial expense.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
The trouble reserving someone for a single day is one of both money and logistics.
Were talking about a few of the busiest individuals in the industry. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a real challenge.
3. Light conference participation improves the experience for writers.
Ive been to a lots conferences and frequently pitches with the finest agents are reserved out weeks ahead of time, leaving everybody else in the stumble.
More market professionals.
Much better market professionals.
A lower variety of guests will lead to less competition for networking time with those looked for after industry experts.
Lower participation is an advantage to writers. Why?
OK, I get that. But think about the previous points:.
In spite of the lower costs and less barriers, conference presence will certainly be down in 2020. Some price quotes state that numbers will be cut in half.
That is a hard truth for the majority of companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a significant generator of profits, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
This is the year to go to the conference where theyre taking pitches if there is a publishing or an agent business that youre targeting.
On one hand, less writers realistically indicates fewer chances to network with fellow participants.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter season. Youll get to see a lot more because the lines are so much shorter.
4. Virtual writing conferences are more accessible.
There are a couple of obvious factors for that:.
Online composing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
Theyre (for the a lot of part) kept in larger cities and can be physically extensive. I understand Im tired whenever I complete the three-day grind.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is reason to believe the writing world will open for these unique voices.
Individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Writers from lower-income households.
Individuals experiencing social anxiety.
Conferences are expensive, as gone over above.
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 time earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
And thats what readers are starving for– more unique voices.
5. Online composing conferences streamline networking.
When you fulfill another participant in the virtual chat room, youre both on a computer system. All of your email and social networks are right there to forge a deeper, longer-term connection with that intriguing discussion.
However we are not residing in perfect times. Far from it, really.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them delighted.
Then you sit down, exchange service cards and … its over.
Welcome the modification of online composing conferences to grow.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will disappear.
While all of us battle with how to bridge the gap in between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we need to remember to look at the changes before us as opportunities.
Business card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long 3 days, I get home with a stack of a hundred cards, and I perhaps navigate to calling or emailing a few of them.
It is a Pollyanna idea to believe that a virtual authors conference can properly replace the real thing. The solution is not perfect by any stretch.
The scene is a familiar one.
2020 might simply be your huge one to go up and earn more as a freelance author.
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 excellent news for writers.
What do you believe 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 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 3 days, I come house with a stack of a hundred cards, and I maybe get around to calling or emailing a few of them.