Whats up with composing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 craziness?
Considering going to an online writing conference? Heres 5 huge reasons theyre helpful and fresh.
Now what? Some composing conferences have merely disappeared, while others have actually accepted 2021, since its too harmful to satisfy face to face right now.
Going to a brand-new digital conference in the COVID-era may show to be one of the best chances for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Heres the thing … In order for online composing conferences to be successful, organizers need to figure out brand-new ways to make it worthwhile for everybody involved. And its occurring.
Up until the pandemic hit, writing conferences served as a smart location for writers to discover brand-new skills and network with authors, representatives and publishers for practically 100 years.
Theres another sector of conference organizers rushing to create a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and ditched airline company flights online writing conferences are emerging.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers want to participate in an online event without the in-person advantages of standard composing conferences?
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
When he is not composing, he delights in a good cold craft beer, baseball, a bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his wife and son.
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 secrets that mixes aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Believing about attending an online composing conference? Heres his top 5 factors to go:
1. Online composing conferences are more affordable
Between accommodations, admission and travel expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who does not buy an arm load of books?), you could quickly pay upwards of $1,000 to participate in an in-person occasion.
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
Usually, online writing conferences are going to be far cheaper for companies to place on. Take away the place fees, catering and faculty travel, the costs of putting on the affair are halved.
Standard writing conferences can get pretty costly.
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. Whichs great news for authors.
Not any more though..
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a greater caliber.
Well, in 2020, that issue is no more.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
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 challenge.
The barriers are gone.
Managers, representatives and publishers can take pitches from their house workplaces.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every agent and manager needed significant workforce and a deep monetary outlay.
The trouble scheduling someone for a single day is among both money and logistics.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how difficult it was for authors to schedule consultations with publishers, agents, and supervisors.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, writing conferences are currently seeing an increased number of representatives, supervisors, publishers registering to go to, which indicates more access and chances for authors.
3. Light conference attendance improves the experience for writers.
More market experts.
Better industry professionals.
A lower variety of guests will cause less competition for networking time with those looked for after industry experts.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter season. Youll get to see a lot more since the lines are so much shorter.
On one hand, less authors logically indicates less opportunities to network with fellow attendees.
In spite of the lower expenses and fewer barriers, conference presence will certainly be down in 2020. Some estimates state that numbers will be cut in half.
OK, I get that. But consider the previous points:.
Lower presence is a boon to authors. Why?
Ive been to a lots conferences and typically pitches with the best agents are scheduled out weeks in advance, leaving everyone else in the lurch.
That is a tough reality for the majority of organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of earnings, most likely what keeps them running throughout the year.
If there is a publishing or a representative business that youre targeting, this is the year to go to the conference where theyre taking pitches.
4. Virtual writing conferences are more available.
Theyre (for the a lot of part) held in larger cities and can be physically strenuous. I know Im exhausted each time I end up the three-day grind.
Conferences are pricey, as gone over above.
I have actually worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last three years and attended for 12. Something struck me a long period of time earlier. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
People with developmental and physical impairments.
Writers from lower-income homes.
People experiencing social anxiety.
And thats what readers are hungry for– more unique voices.
Online composing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is reason to think the composing world will open for these unique voices.
There are a few obvious reasons for that:.
5. Online writing conferences simplify networking.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the gap between the world prior to and the one were all headed towards, we need to keep in mind to look at the changes prior to us as opportunities.
The scene is a familiar one.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. Something youre working on has them delighted.
You sit down, exchange service cards and … its over.
We are not living in perfect times. Vice versa, in fact.
Noise familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will go away.
Youre both on a computer system when you meet another guest in the virtual chat space. All of your e-mail and social media are right there to create a deeper, longer-term connection with that intriguing conversation.
Welcome the change of online writing conferences to grow.
Company 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 maybe get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
It is a Pollyanna notion to think that a virtual authors conference can sufficiently replace the genuine thing. The service is not ideal by any stretch.
2020 may just be your huge one to go up and make more as a freelance writer.
And thats good news for authors.
I have worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and participated in for 12. Year in and year out, I was seeing the 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.
What do you consider online writing conferences? Leave a remark and inform us about it.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes also part of the team hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..