“Conferences and Markets”
Dear Pub Subbers:
I hope you are ready to submit your manuscript for the third week of this month. Attending online or in-person conferences can get you excited. They can educate and motivate you to do more writing, to share a pitch, and other fantastic things to spur your writing career. They may even offer you a chance to do a pitch with a publisher or agent.
In April 2010 I gave a pitch agent, Terrie Wolf at the Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This conference gave attendees 10 minutes to pitch your story to a chosen editor or agent. She asked me to send her my manuscripts. She adored the manuscript I submitted to her entitled, “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” She had her associates review it. She said that Larry had captured her heart. I’ve dreamed of an agent or editor saying that about my work. I danced around for many days, but it didn’t work out. She didn’t offer me representation.
Find a good writing workshop to attend in person. Shaw Guides has a comprehensive list of writing workshops in all areas of the USA. You state writing associations may have conferences that will give you a chance to pitch your story to an agent or editor. Do it. Each time you give a pitch, you get stronger at this ability to give another person the right information to make them as excited about your story as you are. http://writing.shawguides.com/
If you can’t afford to travel, there are FREE online conferences that give you a chance to pitch one of your finished manuscripts. One online conference is the Muse Online Conference held in October.
Another online writers conference is Catholic Writers Conference Online which will be held in February-March of each year.
http://www.catholicwritersconference.com/ Register for the online conference in 2011 or go to the live conference in August 2010. You don’t have to be Catholic to register.
Register now for both of them. They may have a registration fee later. It’s hard setting everything up on zilch money. But Lea Schizas and Karina Fabian set up these conferences with a great deal of finesse and organization with no registration fee.
I learned a bunch from both of these conferences.
There is another conference for writers of children’s books called Write On Con at the following link: http://www.writeoncon.com/. It is held in the middle of August each year.
I hope each of you submits one of your creative works this month. The more work you submit, the better chance you’ll have of getting your work published. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve. Each time you read over your proposal, you will see something to add to make it more appealing to the editor to whom you are sending it. Each time you submit, you will be getting better and better.
Here are a few helpful links for markets:
2010 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market) (Paperback)
2010 Novel-Short Story Writers Market
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In case you’re not ready the third Friday of this month, I created a raincheck with an encouraging letter filled with quotes to help you get your submission in the mail before a month elapses. You can also print just the raincheck without the letter. If you go to my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm/ You can copy a certificate, badge, or raincheck from there.
Steps for Week Three for Pub Sub 3rd Fri
1. Reread a hard copy of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.
2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it out loud.
3. If you see any errors, correct them.
4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.
5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope
6. Print out and save another copy in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”
7. Make sure you give your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog. If email submission, follow their guidelines about attachments.
8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use address as in publisher’s guidelines.
9. Put sufficient postage on envelope.
10. If guidelines ask for a self-addressed stamped envelope. Fix one and enclose it.
Pub Sub 3rd Friday
11. Put Pub Sub in snail mail or email. Say the “Our Father ” or another prayer as you insert your manuscript in the mailbox or when you hit the send button.
Reward yourself for each step you get closer to submitting! Go for it!
You can do it! God has faith in you. Have faith in yourself.
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Good luck with getting your work published. Please leave a comment or ask a question. I’d love to hear from you.
Joan Y. Edwards
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