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Subject: Writer's Conference
Date Posted: 5/30/2010 1:18 PM ET
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Has anyone here attended a writer's conference? Would love to read your posts, experiences, etc. Please only post if you've actually gone, not "I hear they're a rip off" or "I hear they're not for the beginners," etc. I'm considering going to the Southern Writer's Conference at the end of October. It's happening in Myrtle Beach, which is a short 3-hour drive from me here in Raleigh. Two nights' hotel and registration are very affordable, and Myrtle Beach is fun! (Esp off tourist season). They said registration opens June 1, and I'm interested to see what the actual seminars are. None are listed on their websites, and when I've been to technical writing conventions before (I'm a trained and master-degreed technical writer), they've had all-day tracks and sessions to attend. So I would hope this would be like that too, but with things like getting an agent, getting published, etc. Post away! :-)

Subject: Writer's Conference
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 5:58 PM ET
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I went to the Western Writers of America Conference last summer and had a great experience. I met lots of well known western writers, many of whom I've kept in contact with over the past year. Most of them went out of their way to be helpful.  I also got to meet my editor and several agents were there.

Some of the writers I met, told me some stories of writers at other conferences being more antagonistic with some competitive back stabbing going on.  But at least you will be able to rub elbows with people in the business and that can only help your career.

If I were you, I would research the agents that are going to be there, so you can refer to books that they have handled that would have a similar  audience as your book.

Then go and just have fun!

Barry (I'm posting under my wife's account)



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Date Posted: 6/1/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I'm a huge fan of writer's conferences.  I've attended/presented at many book festivals, writing conferences, etc.--Virginia Festival of the Book, Midwest Literary festival, Tennessee Williams Book Festival to name a few.  I've heard wonderful things about the festival in Myrtle Beach--they get great presenters (one this year will be Therese Fowler--one of my writing buddies).  I've never had a bad experience and learned at every single one!

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I've not gone to any BUT I met up with two friends who are also writers and they have been to a few in california.

They said if you get a chance to attend any , then GO! You will learn things no matter what is going on. Plus just seeing how people interact with agents can help.  Meeting agents and publishers will give you a good feel of who you want to go with. 
They also said to take as many seminars as you can fit in, introduce yourself to everyone you possibly can. You never know who the other person is or works for.

As for the not for newbies, I've heard that too BUT read on many agents websites that its good for all levels of writers to attend.
I am trying to work up the funds to attend one next year.

Date Posted: 6/4/2010 5:43 PM ET
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Thanks guys! Registration opens tomorrow and I'm going to do it. They are "selling" pitch sessions for $10, where you have 5 minutes to pitch and get 5 minutes critique. I think I'll "buy" two along with the conference fees.

Xengab... if you find a conference you like, check into their rates. For example, with this one, there are two tiers of registration. One I guess is the "deluxe" and the other is standard. The "deluxe" includes two dinners and a lunch. For $125 more. The way I look at it, I do NOT eat almost $50 of food per meal, and I'm not necessarily hugely chatty when forced to sit at a round table with a bunch of people I don't know. Myrtle Beach has TONS of great places to explore and I'll get way less of a cost eating out there. So I'm taking the standard package (I may pay to go to the lunch separately, but it's still way less money). And being able to drive there also saves. Good luck. Now I'm excited!!!

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 9:05 AM ET
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I signed up and I booked 3 of the "agent" meetings one on ones... now I have five/six months to get ready! Anyway, if anyone from here is happening to attend, let me know. We can look out for each other, grab a cookie, exchange books, etc! :-)