Attending a conference for writers can be fun, exciting, and utterly informative. Between classes you can take, writers you can meet, and pitching to agents, editors, and publishers they are also very important.
But aside from the obvious, of meeting other authors and getting your name and book out into the world, why is attending one so important for, not only a new writer, but a seasoned writer too?
CHANCE TO VOLUNTEER
Whether or not you are a member of the club hosting the conference, chances are they need volunteers. Helping out will not only get you in the door to meet other writers and members of the writing club, but a lot of conferences need people to help shuttle the agents, editors, and publishers around and help them with their needs. If you’re lucky enough to chaperone the agent, editor, or publisher you were thinking about pitching too, you could have an advantage. Not to mention, volunteering might give you a chance to get in on private lunches and special classes with the guest speakers.
SELLING YOUR BOOK IN THE SALE ROOM
Most conferences have a sale room where published authors can consign their books for sale. There is nothing writers like more than a room with a bunch of books in it, and chances are you can make a few sales.
Whether it’s for novels, screenplays, blogs, marketing, promotion, or anything else writers encounter in their careers, attending classes will give you insight into new trends and information. Perhaps, you learn something new about how to submit. Perhaps, you will learn ways to use different websites and computer programs that you never knew before. Or, perhaps, you will learn something new all together. Whatever the difference, staying on top of what’s new in the writing world is important.