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Five Good Things to Do after a Writing Conference


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.

b. Marketing

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.

c. Networking

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.

Please share your comments, questions, and/or resources below. I’d love to hear from you.

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6 Responses

  1. Joan,

    Thanks for the helpful post. It is cool that you had a pre-conference post and a post-conference one too that center around getting the most from a conference.

    I began with Tip # 4 on the ride home. I am working on a pitch for the MG manuscript that I’ve begun. When I got home, I began # 2–organizing my notes. Now, I want to read them as a good review. Thanks for the reminder to contact someone I spoke with there also.

    Enjoy the day after the conference.

    Linda A.

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    • Dear Linda, Thanks for dropping by early this morning and leaving a sweet note. You’re welcome for the post. I’m glad you thought it was helpful. You’re doing really good at assimilating all you learned at the SCBWI-Carolinas conference. Good luck with your pitch for your Middle Grade manuscript.

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  2. Great ideas, Joan! Thanks for the tips. I had a great time meeting you and chatting with you.

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    • Dear Cat, How cool for you to stop by and leave me such a sweet message! It was fun meeting you at the SCBWI Conference in Charlotte. I’m glad you thought my post contained great ideas. You’re welcome for the tips. Do something good for youself today.

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  3. Great tips. I went to a conference last summer, and still have my notes that haven’t been transcribed. Glad you could give me ideas on how to make the most of it.

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    • Dear Katie, I’m glad my ideas helped you figure out how to get the dust off those notes and make use of them. Thanks for writing and letting me know. It’s overwhelming at conferences. You get a lot of information. Most of it soaks in. I like to put the most meaningful at the top of my list so it can be seen at a glance when I open that file or open that page of my notebook. It’s so good to hear from you. I wish you much luck in your writing, publishing, and marketing.

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