Whats up with composing conferences throughout all this COVID-19 madness?
Theres another segment of conference organizers rushing to create a replacement. Out of the woeful ashes of canceled hotel appointments and scrapped airline company flights online composing conferences are emerging.
But how does something like that even work?
And why would freelancers want to attend an online event without the in-person advantages of conventional composing conferences?
Now what? Some composing conferences have simply disappeared, while others have delayed to 2021, because its too unsafe to satisfy face to face today.
Heres the thing … In order for online writing conferences to be successful, organizers need to find out new ways to make it worthwhile for everyone included. And its occurring.
Considering going to an online writing conference? Heres five huge factors theyre fresh and useful.
Participating in 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 writer in 2020.
Until the pandemic hit, writing conferences acted as a wise location for authors to discover new abilities and network with authors, representatives and publishers for practically 100 years.
Meet writing-conference organizer Erick Mertz
Hes also part of the group 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 mysteries that blends aspects of the X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries.
When he is not composing, he delights in a great cold craft beer, baseball, a little bit of travel, dungeon crawling with his board game group, and investing quality time with his spouse and kid.
Considering participating in an online composing conference? Heres his top 5 factors to go:
1. Online writing conferences are more affordable
Organizations around the nation are slashing admissions. A conference that used to cost $600 now hovers around $300. And thats great news for writers.
Not any more though..
Theres potential to get a lot more bang for your buck.
On average, online writing conferences are going to be far cheaper for organizations to place on. Remove the area fees, catering and professors travel, the costs of placing on the affair are cut in half.
In between admission, travel and lodging expenses, and all of those add-ons (Who does not purchase an arm load of books?), you might easily pay upwards of $1,000 to go to an in-person event.
Standard writing conferences can get pretty expensive.
2. Virtual conferences draw more agents … of a higher caliber.
The barriers are gone.
Managers, publishers and agents can take pitches from their home offices.
They can teach classes from their back deck.
Without travel and accommodations barriers, composing conferences are already seeing an increased variety of agents, managers, publishers registering to participate in, which indicates more gain access to and chances for writers.
The trouble reserving somebody for a single day is one of both cash and logistics.
Well, in 2020, that problem is no more.
Working for the 2019 Willamette Writers Conference, I saw how tough it was for writers to schedule appointments with supervisors, publishers, and representatives.
” Maybe one day?” They would state.
Were talking about a few of the busiest people in the market. For them, making an in-person, three-day conference in Portland, Ore., was a genuine difficulty.
Do we fly somebody out for one day so they can take pitches? Every representative and supervisor required considerable manpower and a deep monetary expense.
3. Light conference presence improves the experience for writers.
Ive been to a dozen conferences and often pitches with the very best representatives are booked out weeks beforehand, leaving everybody else in the stumble.
In spite of the lower expenses and less barriers, conference attendance will certainly be down in 2020. Some price quotes say that numbers will be halved.
Its like going to Disneyland in winter season. Due to the fact that the lines are so much shorter, youll get to see so much more.
More industry specialists.
Better market professionals.
A lower number of attendees will cause less competitors for networking time with those demanded industry specialists.
If there is a publishing or an agent company that youre targeting, this is the year to attend the conference where theyre taking pitches.
OK, I get that. But consider the previous points:.
That is a challenging truth for many companies to swallow. For them, the conference is a considerable generator of profits, probably what keeps them running throughout the year.
On one hand, less authors logically implies fewer chances to network with fellow guests.
Lower attendance is an advantage to authors. Why?
4. Virtual writing conferences are more accessible.
There are a couple of obvious factors for that:.
Without the long hours browsing an airport hotel, there is reason to think the composing world will open for these distinct voices.
And thats what readers are hungry for– more unique voices.
Online composing conferences open the experience up wider than ever before to:.
I have 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 very same faces.
Conferences are pricey, as discussed above.
Theyre (for the most part) held in bigger cities and can be physically strenuous. I understand Im tired every time I end up the three-day grind.
People with physical and developmental impairments.
Writers from lower-income homes.
People experiencing social anxiety.
5. Online composing conferences simplify networking.
It is a Pollyanna concept to think that a virtual authors conference can properly replace the genuine thing. The solution is not ideal by any stretch.
Youre both on a computer when you fulfill another guest in the virtual chat room. All of your email and social media are right there to create a much deeper, longer-term connection with that fascinating conversation.
The scene is a familiar one.
We are not living in ideal times. Far from it, in fact.
Youre waiting in a conference lunch line. You strike up a discussion with somebody over the chafing meal. Theyre interesting. Something youre dealing with has them delighted.
You sit down, exchange company cards and … its over.
Accept the change of online composing conferences to grow.
Sound familiar? In the virtual conference world, a few of that hangover will go away.
Service card hangover. Ive had it a hundred times. At the end of a long 3 days, I get back with a stack of a hundred cards, and I perhaps navigate to calling or emailing a few of them.
While we all struggle with how to bridge the gap between the world before and the one were all headed toward, we need to keep in mind to take a look at the modifications prior to us as opportunities.
2020 may just be your huge one to move up and make more as a freelance author.
What do you consider online composing conferences? Leave a comment and tell us about it.
I have actually 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 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..
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 possibly get around to calling or emailing a few of them.
And thats great news for authors.