Dear Honored Readers,
What are five good things to do after a writing conference? Here are things I believe would be helpful to you as a serious professional writer. My goal is to keep you enjoying living and writing, too.
1. Sleep if you are tired. Accept yourself as you are and where you are. Accept others as they are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have and where you are. Put the fun back into your writing.
2. Read and organize your notes from each workshop. Write at least three major things you learned from each workshop. You can write down more details if you want.
3. Make a top ten list of things that you learned at the overall conference.
4. After all this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three goals for your writing to use what you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)
a. Writing Skill/Genre
1) Read 10 books in your chosen genre and 3 books on the craft of writing.
2) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent.
3) Learn a new technology.
1) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors on a regular basis. (See my Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts)
2) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.
3) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.
4) Prepare a pitch for a manuscript. Go from a page summary and then focus on the words to hook readers. Keep shortening your pitch: 200-100-50-25 words. The ultimate goal would be to have a pitch that is 140 characters long to fit in Twitter. If you have all these, then if you need one for your cover letter, you’ll have it. If you want a blurb to put on your book, you’ll have it. If a teacher asks you about your book, you’ll have a pitch to get them to want to buy your book.
5) Prepare a post card, business card, bookmark, signature for email to promote you and your writing. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs.
1) Website, Blog, Critique Group
2) Book Presentations for schools and organizations
3) Facebook Author/Illustrator Page; Twitter; Linked-In, others
5. Contact at least three of the people who gave you a business card. If you remember your conversation with them, remind them of how you enjoyed talking about “their love of horses” or “their sadness at being rejected.” Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript. Compliment them for being brave and reading their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem you were having. Visit their websites or Facebook pages, they might refresh your memory and/or give you new information to mention to them.
I hope these ideas help you.
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