Whats up with writing conferences during all this COVID-19 insaneness?
Attending a brand-new digital conference in the COVID-era may prove to be one of the best chances for you in years if youre a freelance writer in 2020.
Thinking of participating in an online writing conference? Heres 5 big reasons theyre helpful and fresh.
But how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers want to participate in an online occasion without the in-person benefits of standard writing conferences?
Up until the pandemic hit, composing conferences acted as a wise place for writers to discover brand-new abilities and network with authors, representatives and publishers for practically 100 years.
But theres another section of conference organizers rushing to develop a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel reservations and ditched airline flights online writing conferences are emerging.
Heres the thing … In order for online composing conferences to succeed, organizers need to find out new ways to make it beneficial for everybody included. And its happening.
Now what? Some writing conferences have actually simply vanished, while others have deferred to 2021, since its too harmful to meet in individual right now.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes likewise part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not composing, he takes pleasure in a great cold craft beer, baseball, a little travel, dungeon crawling with his board game group, and investing quality time with his wife and son.
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 elements of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Thinking about going to an online writing conference? Heres his top 5 factors to go:
1. Online composing conferences are more affordable
Not any more though..
Usually, online composing conferences are going to be far more affordable for companies to place on. Eliminate the place fees, catering and professors travel, the costs of putting on the affair are cut in half.
Standard writing conferences can get pretty pricey.
In between travel, lodging and admission expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt buy an arm load of books?), you could easily pay upwards of $1,000 to participate in an in-person occasion.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. Whichs great news for writers.
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a higher quality.
Well, in 2020, that problem is no more.
The problem scheduling somebody for a single day is among both money and logistics.
Do we fly someone out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and supervisor needed considerable workforce and a deep monetary expense.
Were speaking about some of the busiest individuals in the industry. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a real difficulty.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, writing conferences are currently seeing an increased variety of representatives, managers, publishers signing up to participate in, and that implies more access and opportunities for authors.
The barriers are gone.
Managers, publishers and agents can take pitches from their home workplaces.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for writers to set up consultations with publishers, agents, and managers.
3. Light conference presence improves the experience for writers.
Ive been to a dozen conferences and often pitches with the best representatives are booked out weeks in advance, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter season. Youll get to see a lot more because the lines are so much shorter.
In spite of the lower costs and fewer barriers, conference attendance will certainly be down in 2020. Some estimates say that numbers will be cut in half.
Lower attendance is an advantage to writers. Why?
On one hand, fewer authors logically indicates less opportunities to network with fellow attendees.
This is the year to go to the conference where theyre taking pitches if there is a publishing or a representative company that youre targeting.
OK, I get that. Consider the previous points:.
That is a tough truth for most organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a significant generator of earnings, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
More market experts.
Much better market professionals.
A lower variety of participants will cause less competitors for networking time with those searched for industry specialists.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more available.
And thats what readers are hungry for– more special voices.
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 earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
Theyre (for the a lot of part) held in bigger cities and can be physically extensive. I understand Im tired whenever I finish the three-day grind.
People with developmental and physical specials needs.
Writers from lower-income homes.
People experiencing social anxiety.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is factor to believe the writing world will open for these unique voices.
Conferences are expensive, as talked about above.
There are a couple of obvious reasons for that:.
Online writing conferences open the experience up larger than ever before to:.
5. Online composing conferences streamline networking.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the space in between the world prior to and the one were all headed toward, we ought to keep in mind to look at the changes before us as opportunities.
Service card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. 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.
It is a Pollyanna idea to think that a virtual writers conference can properly change the genuine thing. The solution is not ideal by any stretch.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them delighted.
You sit down, exchange company cards and … its over.
Youre both on a computer when you meet another participant in the virtual chat space. All of your e-mail and social networks are right there to create a much deeper, longer-term connection with that interesting conversation.
The scene is a familiar one.
Embrace the modification of online composing conferences to grow.
We are not living in perfect times. Vice versa, actually.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
2020 might simply be your big one to go up and make more as a freelance author.
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.
And thats good news for writers.
What do you think of online writing conferences? Leave a remark and inform us about it.
I have worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and attended for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the very same faces.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes likewise part of the group hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..