Whats up with composing conferences during all this COVID-19 craziness?
Heres the thing … In order for online writing conferences to succeed, organizers have to find out new ways to make it worthwhile for everybody involved. And its occurring.
How does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers desire to go to an online occasion without the in-person benefits of traditional composing conferences?
Attending a brand-new digital conference in the COVID-era might prove to be one of the finest chances for you in years if youre a freelance author in 2020.
Now what? Some writing conferences have just vanished, while others have accepted 2021, because its too dangerous to fulfill face to face today.
Till the pandemic hit, writing conferences served as a wise place for writers to find out 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 bookings and scrapped airline flights online composing conferences are emerging.
Thinking of attending an online writing conference? Heres 5 big factors theyre beneficial and fresh.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
When he is not composing, he delights in a nice cold craft beer, baseball, a little bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his parlor game group, and investing quality time with his other half 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 mixes aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
Hes likewise part of the group hosting the online Willamette Writers Conference July 31 to Aug. 2.
Considering attending an online composing conference? Heres his top 5 reasons to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more budget friendly
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for writers.
Usually, online composing conferences are going to be far cheaper for companies to place on. Remove the location fees, catering and faculty travel, the expenses of putting on the affair are halved.
Not any more though..
Between admission, travel and lodging costs, and all of those add-ons (Who doesnt buy an arm load of books?), you might easily pay upwards of $1,000 to participate in an in-person event.
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your dollar.
Traditional writing conferences can get quite expensive.
2. Virtual conferences draw more representatives … of a higher caliber.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, composing conferences are currently seeing an increased number of representatives, supervisors, publishers signing up to go to, which means more gain access to and chances for writers.
The barriers are gone.
Agents, managers and publishers can take pitches from their home workplaces.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
” Maybe one day?” They would say.
Well, in 2020, that problem disappears.
Were discussing 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.
Do we fly someone out for one day so they can take pitches? Every representative and supervisor required substantial manpower and a deep monetary expense.
The trouble booking someone for a single day is one of both cash and logistics.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how tough it was for authors to set up consultations with agents, supervisors, and publishers.
3. Light conference participation enhances the experience for writers.
More industry professionals.
Better market experts.
A lower number of participants will result in less competitors for networking time with those looked for after industry experts.
In spite of the lower expenses and fewer barriers, conference presence will definitely be down in 2020. Some price quotes say that numbers will be halved.
Lower presence is an advantage to writers. Why?
Ive been to a dozen conferences and often pitches with the very best representatives are reserved out weeks beforehand, leaving everybody else in the stumble.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter. Youll get to see a lot more since the lines are a lot shorter.
OK, I get that. Consider the previous points:.
If there is a publishing or a representative business that youre targeting, this is the year to participate in the conference where theyre taking pitches.
On one hand, fewer authors logically means less opportunities to network with fellow guests.
That is a challenging reality for most organizations to swallow. For them, the conference is a significant generator of profits, most likely what keeps them running throughout the year.
4. Virtual composing conferences are more available.
Online writing conferences open the experience up larger than ever before to:.
Whichs what readers are hungry for– more distinct voices.
Theyre (for the most part) held in larger cities and can be physically strenuous. I know Im exhausted whenever I end up the three-day grind.
There are a couple of obvious factors for that:.
Individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Writers from lower-income homes.
Individuals experiencing social stress and anxiety.
I have worked for the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland for the last 3 years and participated in for 12. Something struck me a long time back. Year in and year out, I was seeing the same faces.
Conferences are pricey, as talked about above.
Without the long hours navigating an airport hotel, there is reason to think the composing world will open for these unique voices.
5. Online composing conferences streamline networking.
The scene is a familiar one.
Youre both on a computer when you satisfy another attendee in the virtual chat space. All of your e-mail and social networks are right there to forge a deeper, longer-term connection with that fascinating discussion.
Welcome the modification of online writing conferences to grow.
While all of us struggle with how to bridge the gap in between the world prior to and the one were all headed towards, we must keep in mind to take a look at the modifications prior to us as chances.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. You strike up a conversation with someone over the chafing dish. Theyre interesting. Something youre dealing with has them excited.
Then you sit down, exchange service cards and … its over.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, some of that hangover will go away.
It is a Pollyanna notion to believe that a virtual writers conference can sufficiently change the real thing. The service is not ideal by any stretch.
However we are not residing in ideal times. Vice versa, in fact.
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.
2020 may simply be your huge one to move up and make more as a freelance author.
What do you think about online composing conferences? Leave a remark and tell us about it.
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.
Erick Mertz is a ghostwriter, author, and editor from Portland, Ore. Hes also part of the group hosting the virtual 2020 Willamette Writers Conference..
And thats excellent news for writers.
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.