Mixing with other writers
Yesterday, I got to mix with a wide range of writers from all stages of their career, and hear some fantastic speakers talking about the publishing industry, and how to get published. It was hosted by the Writer's & Artist's Yearbook in conjunction with Literature Works.
What made this even better was it was on my dootstep. I didn't have to venture up to London or Birmingham or Manchester... or even Bristol, which is still two hours away and difficult to organise. No, this event was a 30 minute bus ride into the town I spend a lot of time in anyway.
It was a long day, but the speakers were so engaging, and the questions from the audience so interesting, I didn't really notice. The glass of wine at the end was very welcome.
Here are a few interesting points from the day:
Thank you to everyone who made How to Get Published happen. It was really great that you chose Plymouth as the venue for your first outside-London. If you come back, or indeed if you find other venues around the country, I can guarantee they'll be very much appreciated.
Sounds fascinating, interesting and informative. I went to a similar session at the Dubai Literary Festival last year and learned a lot.
Sounds like a day packed with information.
It was a great day, and met some great people. I really don't think you need a newsletter, Alex, we all know where you are!
Sounds like a lot of fun! Wish they had a writing con closer to me. I confess social media takes up more of my time than it should. If only I listened to my timer! =P
This was the first time they'd hosted a conference outside of London - so we were very lucky they came down my way. We're kind of forgotten down in these parts.
I often wondered if they watched the self-pub sales. I always said if I was an agent, I'd just sit back and cherry pick from the self-pubbed.
It's an interesting time for all aspects of the industry!
It sounds like the conference was epic. Interesting about pre-sales. Of course if you have a decent prospect of making money they want to nose their way in. Forgive my cynicism. Definitely some very helpful tips in the mix.
The agent actually said something interesting to address that cynicism - she said that actually good agents earn their own money, that the deals and contracts they can obtain for the writer are above what the writer could earn themselves, meaning the writer doesn't lose out.
This was interesting. Thanks for sharing. I've also heard that publishers watch Amazon sales and go hunting for best sellers that way. There's also a school of thought that newsletters are old hat...I know I hate receiving them...too much in this crazy, busy world.
I've only just got my head around needing a newsletter! I wonder what the 'new hat' will be? ;-)
Good for you! I just went to a writing conference myself. Weird how much or little you pick up at any given panel. I'm coming with ways to bulk up my newsletter. Let's hope it works. :)
I think you pick up a lot more when they go slightly off-agenda, the perks of being there!
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