Whats up with writing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 craziness?
Now what? Some writing conferences have merely disappeared, while others have postponed to 2021, due to the fact that its too harmful to satisfy face to face today.
Until the pandemic hit, writing conferences worked as a clever location for writers to find out new skills and network with authors, agents and publishers for nearly 100 years.
Heres the important things … In order for online composing conferences to succeed, organizers have to figure out new methods to make it worthwhile for everyone included. And its happening.
However how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers wish to participate in an online occasion without the in-person advantages of traditional writing conferences?
If youre a freelance writer in 2020, participating in a brand-new digital conference in the COVID-era may prove to be among the very best opportunities for you in years.
Thinking of attending an online writing conference? Heres 5 huge factors theyre fresh and helpful.
But theres another section of conference organizers rushing to create a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and scrapped airline flights online writing conferences are emerging.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes also part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
When he is not writing, he delights in a good cold craft beer, baseball, a bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his board game group, and spending quality time with his partner and kid.
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 mixes elements of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Considering attending an online composing conference? Heres his top 5 reasons to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more economical
Not any more though..
Traditional composing conferences can get quite expensive.
Theres capacity to get a lot more bang for your buck.
On average, online writing conferences are going to be far more affordable for companies to place on. Take away the area charges, catering and professors travel, the costs of putting on the affair are cut in half.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that utilized to cost $600 now hovers around $300. Whichs great news for authors.
Between travel, accommodations and admission costs, and all of those add-ons (Who does not buy an arm load of books?), you might quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to attend an in-person occasion.
2. Virtual conferences draw more agents … of a greater quality.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and manager required substantial workforce and a deep monetary expense.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for authors to schedule appointments with representatives, publishers, and managers.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, composing conferences are currently seeing an increased variety of agents, managers, publishers registering to participate in, which implies more access and opportunities for authors.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
The barriers are gone.
Agents, publishers and managers can take pitches from their office.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
The problem scheduling somebody for a single day is one of both money and logistics.
Were discussing some of the busiest individuals in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a genuine obstacle.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
3. Light conference presence enhances the experience for writers.
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.
More industry experts.
Better industry specialists.
A lower number of guests will cause less competition for networking time with those searched for market specialists.
That is a tough reality for a lot of organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a substantial generator of revenue, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
Ive been to a lots conferences and often pitches with the very best representatives are booked out weeks in advance, leaving everybody else in the stumble.
This is the year to attend the conference where theyre taking pitches if there is an agent or a publishing company that youre targeting.
On one hand, fewer writers logically suggests less chances to network with fellow participants.
Lower attendance is a benefit to writers. Why?
In spite of the lower costs and fewer barriers, conference attendance will definitely be down in 2020. Some price quotes say that numbers will be cut in half.
OK, I get that. Consider the previous points:.
4. Virtual writing conferences are more accessible.
Without the long hours browsing an airport hotel, there is factor to believe the writing world will open for these special voices.
Conferences are expensive, as gone over above.
Online writing conferences open the experience up larger than ever before to:.
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 back. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
Theyre (for the many part) kept in bigger cities and can be physically strenuous. I know Im tired every time I complete the three-day grind.
Individuals with developmental and physical specials needs.
Writers from lower-income households.
Individuals experiencing social anxiety.
There are a few apparent reasons for that:.
Whichs what readers are hungry for– more distinct voices.
5. Online writing conferences simplify networking.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will go away.
Business card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. 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.
Youre both on a computer when you meet another attendee in the virtual chat space. All of your email and social media are right there to create a much deeper, longer-term connection with that intriguing conversation.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the space in between the world prior to and the one were all headed toward, we must remember to take a look at the changes prior to us as chances.
The scene is a familiar one.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them delighted.
Then you sit down, exchange service cards and … its over.
It is a Pollyanna notion to believe that a virtual writers conference can sufficiently replace the real thing. The service is not ideal by any stretch.
Welcome the modification of online composing conferences to grow.
However we are not living in ideal times. Far from it, actually.
2020 might simply 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 likewise part of the team hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
And thats excellent news for authors.
What do you consider online writing conferences? Leave a comment and tell us about it.
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 exact same faces.
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 possibly get around to calling or emailing a few of them.