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“Plant Success Seeds for Your Next Conference Now" by Joan Y. Edwards

You have the magical seeds needed for your success. Your inner mojo or magical power is there for you to use 24 hours a day.  Look for it. Plant it. Nourish it. To help you grow in confidence, you need to grow in skills and abilities. Plant these seeds for your success at your next conference.

 

Before the Conference

  1. Believe in you. Activate this belief. BELIEVE IN YOU AND YOUR ABILITIES. That's the first seed for success. Believe in you. You can do all things necessary for your success.
  2. Set your goals. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshops that will help you improve that skill. I hope that by attending a conference, you’ll learn a new skill or marketing technique that inspires you to reach your goals. You have what it takes for success. You may have to look through different eyes, through a different window to see it.
  3. Visit the web pages of three presenters that interest you. If they have a website, read the about me section. Check out their books at your local library or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
  4. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down on 3×5 cards and ask them at the conference during the workshops. If you don’t get a chance to ask them in person, most handouts or websites give contact information so you can write and ask them later.
  5. Get business cards with your name, address, phone number, email address, website, and blog. Many people put an image and link to their publishedbooks on the back. Usewww.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or local print shop. You can also create business cards on your computer.
  6. Writers: Prepare a postcard, business card, bookmark. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs. Get these giveaways printed at www.VistaPrint.com,www.Gotprint.com, or other print shop. You can also create them by hand or with your computer.Illustrators: Prepare a portfolio of 10-20 of your illustrations. Make sure these are the kind of illustrations that you enjoy creating. Prepare a postcard with a sample illustration on it. If you have illustrated a published book, put it on one side and put a different story's illustration on the back of the postcard. Share with people you meet at the conference. Also send one of your postcards to the art directors for publishing companies represented at the conference.r illustrators. Get bookmarks and or postcards printed atwww.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or other print shop. You can also create them by hand or on your computer.
  7. Buy a new spiral notebook with a bright colorful design, a composition book with a black and white cover, or a sketch book.This way all of your notes are in one place. You can put it in front of your computer when you get home, and transfer your handwritten notes to your computer. You can add information from handouts by scanning them into your computer, or by typing what you want to remember from the handouts.
  8. Writers: Buy two pens that are dependable and write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them in your pocketbook to take with you. Illustrators: Take a pencil, a ruler, and a white eraser.
  9. Write a pitch for three of your manuscripts. Print out your pitches on 3×5 cards, 4×6 inch cards, or plain 8.5 x 11 printing paper. Carry two copies of each pitch with you to the conference. Put one copy in a folder and the other in your pocketbook. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it. If your pitch is longer than on 3×5 index card, it is too long.
  10. Take comfortable clothing to wear in your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. Take a sweater or blazer, in case the air conditioning is too cool for your inner thermostat.If you’re hot, you can take off the blazer. A good work attire for writers/illustrators is a pair of jeans, a shirt, and a blazer. Linda Rohrbough says that you want the editors to think you just left your computer to meet with them. Be comfortable. If you feel better being all dressed up, dress up. It’s important for you to be comfortable and feel distinguished. Wear comfortable shoes.
  11. Check your laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Charge its battery. Bring your charger to the conference.
  12. Copy the  full manuscripts of your Works in Progress and other pertinent information you may need for the conference to a portable drive or flash drive for your laptop or use a cloud data holder. If you use Dropbox, you can put your manuscripts in it and access it from your iPad or iPhone or other electronic devices. It allows you to see your manuscript from all devices. Check it out before you leave home to make sure it works.
  13. Check out the directions to the conference. Find the restaurants that are located close to the conference that serve the kind of food you can eat.

At the Conference

1.Take notes.

Take notes using your new spiral notebook or composition book or take notes on your laptop or other device.

2.Hand out business cards.

Hand out business cards to everyone with whom you talk. Ask for their businesscards, too. This will give you resources to check after the conference. The more you do this, the more comfortable and natural it will be for you. Make a goal of handing out at least 10-30 cards and getting an equal number in exchange.

3.Talk to people sitting beside you in a workshop.

Do you feel lonely and out of touch with people? Talk to the people who sit beside you in the workshops. Exchange names, email addresses, and business cards with them. Here are possible questions to start your conversation:

“What are you writing?”

“Are you in writing group? Is it online or face-to-face?”

“How do you find time to write (illustrate)?”

“Do you (draw) write best in the morning or at night?”

4.  If you meet a publisher or agent, ask them questions about themselves and their projects.

If you happen to meet an agent or editor in the elevator or at lunch, remember he/she is human, like you. Ask one of these questions or one of your own:

“What is your favorite project right now?”
“How do you know when a book is right for you?”
“What’s your advice for writers(illustrators)?”

5. Writers: Be ready to answer questions about your writing with a pitch.

After your question for an editor or agent, there is a great possibility he/she will ask you, “What kind of writing do you do?” This is a perfect lead in for your pitch. Hold your head high. Look the editor/agent in the eye. Pretend he’s your best friend and tell him your pitch.

Illustrators: Be ready to answer questions about your illustrating. Tell people three things you like to draw and if your like to portray humor, the dark side, nature, etc.

6. Take a short walk for exercise in between sessions.

7. Get plenty of sleep.

8. Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Drink plenty of water. This will keep you alert and focused.

9. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can.

10. List twenty things for which you are thankful each morning before you get out of bed.

11. Thank the presenters and the organizers.

12. If you are inspired by a book you hear about or see in the bookstore at the conference, buy it or borrow it from your public library.

After the Conference

1. Sleep, if you’re tired.

Accept yourself and others as you are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for where you are. Put the fun back into your writing.

2. After you’ve rested, read and organize your notes from each workshop.

Edit your notes and add information from your handouts. You can scan pertinent information from the handouts into your computer.  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. Write/Revise Your Writing/Illustrating Goals

After this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing/illustrating goals using the skills and information you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)

5. Writing Skill/Genre Goals

a) Read ten books in your chosen genre and three books on the craft of writing and/or illustrating.

b) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent.

c)  Revise 3 of your favorite illustrations. Choose one to create a new postcard and send to a prospective publishing company.

6. Marketing Goals

a) Learn a new technology.

b) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors often.

c) Join or create a critique group.

c) Join my Pub Subbers Yahoo Group, a group to encourage you to submit your manuscript/portfolio often (monthly if possible). To join, write me and tell me why you would like to join at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. Members postsuccesses, ask other members for help. etc. Members receive automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.

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d) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.

e) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.

f) 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 is a pitch that is 140 characters long (approximately 25 words) that fits in Twitter. If you have all these different lengths, you will have a pitch to use in your cover letter, proposal, and for the rave blurbs for the back cover of yourbook. Your pitch is the magnetic tool that will entice people to buy your book.

7. Networking Goals

a) Create a website and/or blog.

b) Join a critique group.that focuses on genres you write or illustrate.

c) Give book presentations/workshops for schools and organizations

d) Create an author/illustrator page on Facebook and post news of your publishing journey.

e) Create a Twitter Account.Tweet your blog posts and your publishing news.

f) Visit the websites of three people who shared a business card with you.  Email them. Here are possible points to include in your email. Remind them of how you enjoyed talking with them. Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript, portfolio, or book. Compliment them for being brave if they read their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem.

g) Make a list of your followers on Facebook and Twitter. When you get your book published, they will be helpful in spreading the word about your book.  Interact with at least 25 of them on a regular basis.

Resources

  1. Amy Bishop. http://www.projecteve. "Do I Still Need Business Cards for Networking?" http://www.projecteve.com/do-i-still-need-business-cards-for-networking/
  2. Deborah Shane. "What to Do Before Attending a Conference?" https://smallbiztrends.com/2014/04/what-to-do-before-attending-a-conference.html
  3. Kristen Lamb, “Getting the Most Out of Writing Conferences:” http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/getting-the-most-out-of-writing-conferences/.
  4. Margo L. Dill, “Writers Conferences: Five Reasons Why You Should Go NOW, and How to Get the Most for Your Money:” http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/13-FE-MargoDill.html/.
  5. Marita Littauer, “Four Keys for Writers ConferenceSuccess:” http://www.right-writing.com/conference-keys.html/.
  6. Travelle. "How to Prepare for a Conference:"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/travelle/how-to-prepare-for-a-conf_b_8413424.html
  7. Yvonne Russell, “Getting the Most out of a Writers’ Conference:” http://www.growyourwritingbusiness.com/?p=47/.

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Plan Ahead for a Writing Conference. ll Pay Off Big Time!


Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Plan Ahead for a Writing Conference. It’ll Pay Off Big Time!” by Joan Y. Edwards

I hope that by reading my blog post or attending a writing conference, you’ll learn a writing skill or technique to inspire you to believe in yourself as a writer or illustrator and never give up. If it’s not a writing conference, many of these ideas can still be useful.

Planning ahead of time will help you get the most anyone could get from a conference for writers and illustrators. If you’re an illustrator, wherever it says manuscript, substitute portfolio. It’ll help you achieve your goals. Being prepared will pay off big time in learning, networking, and action to show a sincere commitment to do good things for your writing career.

Before the Conference

  1. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshops that will help you improve that skill.
  2. Find the website with the faculty members for your conference. Here is link from a brochure telling the 2015 SCBWI-Carolinas Fall Conference faculty members in case you are going or to entice you to register. It’s a great conference. I plan to be there. If you go too, I hope you’ll say, “Hello.” 
  3. Visit the webpages of at least three of the presenters that interest you. Check out their books at the library or on www.Amazon.com.
  4. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down on 3×5 note cards or on a sheet of paper and ask them at the conference. Most websites list a contact page with an email address, in case you don’t get to ask them at the conference, you can contact them later.
  5. Get business cards with your name, address, phone number, email address, website, and blog. Many people put an image and link to their published books on the back. Use  www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or local print shop. You can also handcraft your own using your computer.
  6. Get bookmarks printed: www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or local print shop. You can also make your own by hand or on your computer.
  7. Illustrators have postcards printed to display at the conference. It might even be good to send them to the art directors for the publishers who are going to be at the conference. All of them accept postcards, put them on their walls, flip through them when they’re looking for illustrators for a particular story. Do illustrations on these cards that you love because you’re going to get jobs from them.
  8. Buy a new spiral notebook with a bright colorful design or a composition book with a black and white cover. This way all of your notes are in one place. You can put it in front of your computer when you get home, and transfer your handwritten notes to your computer. You can add information from handouts by scanning them into your computer, or by typing what you want to remember from the handouts.
  9. Buy two pens that write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them in your pocketbook to take with you.
  10. Write a pitch for three of your manuscripts.  You can print out your pitches on 3×5 cards. If it doesn’t fit on the 3×5 index card, it’s too long. Carry two copies of each pitch with you to the conference. Put one copy in a folder and the other in your pocketbook. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it. (See 10 blog posts in Resources to help you get one to attract publishers and agents.
  11. Take comfortable clothing to wear in your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. Take a sweater or blazer, in case the air conditioning is too cool for your inner thermostat. If you’re hot, you can take off the blazer. Jeans, a shirt, and a blazer are good work attire for writers. Linda Rohrbough says that you want the editors to think you just left your computer to meet with them.
  12. Check your laptop, iPad, or other digital device. Charge its battery. Purchase a portable disc drive or flash drive or thumb drive for your laptop. Most of them are USB port compatible. Copy your full manuscripts of the Works in Progress and other pertinent information you may need for the conference.

At the Conference

1. Take notes using your new spiral notebook or composition book or take notes on your laptop or other device. When you get home, edit your notes and add information from your handouts. You can copy or scan pertinent information from the handouts into a computer.

2. Hand out business cards to everyone you with whom you talk. Ask for their business cards, too. This will give you resources to check after the conference. The more you do this, the more comfortable and natural it will be for you. Set a goal to give away 5, 10, or 15 cards. Ask for business cards of other people, too.

  1. Do you feel lonely and out of touch with people? Plan to talk to the people who sit beside you in the workshops. Exchange names, email addresses, and business cards with them. Here are possible questions to start your conversation:

“What are you writing?”

“Are you in writing group? Is it online or face-to-face?”

 “How do you find time to write?”

“Do you write best in the morning or at night?”

4. If you happen to meet an agent or editor in the elevator or at lunch, remember he/she is human, like you. Ask one of these questions or one of your own:

“What is your favorite project right now?”

“How do you know when a book is right for you?”

“What’s your advice for writers?”

5.  After your question for an editor or agent, there is a great possibility he/she will ask you, “What kind of writing do you do?” This is a perfect lead in for your pitch. Hold your head high. Look the editor/agent in the eye. Pretend he’s your best friend and tell him your pitch.   Please check out my blogpost: Take These Steps before You Sign with an Agent. It might help you. Janis Silverman pointed out in her comment that you could also use the same strategies in finding a publisher.

  1. Take a short walk for exercise in between sessions.
  2. Get plenty of sleep.

  3. Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins. This will keep you alert and focused.

  4. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can.

  5. List twenty things for which you are thankful each morning before you get out of bed.

11. Thank the presenters and the organizers for what you liked about the conference. Make suggestions for improvements.

12. If a book inspires you, buy it or order it from your public library.

After the Conference

1. Sleep, if you’re tired. Accept yourself and others as you are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for where you are. Put the fun back into your writing.

  1. 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.
  • Make a top ten list of things that you learned at the overall conference.

  • After this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing goals using the skills and information you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)

  • Writing Skill/Genre Goals

  • a) Read ten books in your chosen genre and three books on the craft of writing and/or illustrating.

    b) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent on the third Friday of the month (See my Pub Subbers posts).

    6. Marketing Goals

    a) Learn a new technology.

    b) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors. (See my Pub Subbers posts)

    c. Join Pub Subbers Yahoo Group to urge you to submit your manuscripts. Send them to an agent, editor, critique group or contest.

    d) Create a blog tour for your book.

    e) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.

    f) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.

    g) 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. For the short pitch, similar to a logline for Screenwriting , the goal is to have 140 characters long (about 25 words) that fits in Twitter. You can use this pitch in your query, cover letter, proposal, and for a blurb on Amazon or other sites that sell your books. Your pitch is one of the most powerful tools for enticing people to buy your book.

    h) Prepare a post card, business card, bookmark, signature for email to promote you and your writing. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs.

    7. Networking Goals

    a) Create a website and/or blog. Advertise it on Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, and Pinterest.

    b) Join a writer’s critique group.

    c) Create a Google Plus profile. 9 Reasons to Use Google Plus+

    d) Create an author/illustrator page on Facebook and post news of your publishing journey.

    e) Collect Images for Fun and Research – Use Pinterest.

    f) Create a Twitter Account. Twitter your blog posts and your publishing news.

    i) Visit the website of three people who shared business cards with you.  Email them. Here are possible points to include in your email. Remind them how you enjoyed talking with them. Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript or book. Compliment them for being brave if they read their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem. Communication is the key. Savor the meeting of each new person. They could be your step up to reach your goal.

    Resources

    My Pitch Blog Posts
    Here are 10 of my blog posts to help you get you pitch in shape to captivate editors, agents, and readers:

    a) A Selling Pitch Is Short with a Strong Emotional Tug
    b) How to Deliver a Short Gutsy Pitch to Entice Editors, Agents, and Readers
    c) How to Entice an Editor/Agent with a Pitch (Logline)
    d) How to Write an Effective Selling Pitch for a Romance Novel
    e) How to Write a Pitch, Summary, and Synopsis That Sells
    f) Pitch Exercise #1 – Would you accept or reject these pitches?
    g) Pitch Exercise #2 Romance – Would You Accept or Reject These Pitches?
    h) Results of Pitch Exercise #1 – Which Pitches Did 12 Responders Accept?
    j) Which of These Best-Selling Romance Pitches Is the Best? Why?

    Four Articles to Help Get the Most Out of a Writing Conference.

    Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it leads you to have more faith in yourself. I hope you experience success in every way imaginable.

    Please leave a comment. I value your opinion.

    Never Give Up
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    How to Reap the Most from the 2012 Fall SCBWI-Carolinas Conference


    “How to Reap the Most from the Fall SCBWI-Carolinas Conference” by Joan Y. Edwards

    The SCBWI-Carolinas Conference is September 28-30th. Here are a few hints to help you reap the most benefit from attending a writing conference. It’s in 3 parts: Before the Conference, During the Conference, and After the Conference. I hope that by reading my blog post or attending a conference, you’ll learn a writing skill or technique to inspire you to believe in yourself as a writer or an illustrator and never give up.

    I am honored to tell you that I’ll be presenting an informal session at 8:45 p.m. on September 28th at the SCBWI-Carolinas Fall Conference called, “Blogging Basics.”

    1. Why Blog and What Should I Blog? How Do I Find a Topic? Write a short opening blog and pictures.

    2. How to Set Up a Blog on WordPress. Step-by-step Directions.

    3. Actually set up a blog with WordPress or other blog service. I will schedule 15 minute sessions for 2 people at a time for Hands on Setting Up a Blog.

    4. Post first blog and announce it on SCBWI-C list serve.

    Before the Conference

    1. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshops that will help you improve that skill.

    2. Visit the webpages of at least three of the presenters that interest you. Check out their books at your local library or on www.Amazon.com.

    3. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down and ask them at the conference. Most websites list a contact page with an email address, in case you don’t get to ask them then, you can write and ask them later.

    4. Get business cards with your name, address, phone number, email address, website, and blog. Many people put an image and link to their published books on the back. Use  www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.comwww.BCEofNC.com, or local print shop. You can also create business cards on your computer.

    5. Get bookmarks printed: www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.comwww.BCEofNC.com. You can also make bookmarks by hand or on your computer.

    6. Buy a new spiral notebook with a bright colorful design or a composition book with a black and white cover. This way all of your notes are in one place. You can put it in front of your computer when you get home, and transfer your handwritten notes to your computer. You can add information from handouts by scanning them into your computer, or by typing what you want to remember from the handouts.

    7. Buy two pens that write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them in your pocketbook to take with you.

    8. Write a pitch for three of your manuscripts. Print out your pitches on 3×5 cards, 4×6 inch cards, or plain 8.5 x 11 printing paper. Carry two copies of each pitch with you to the conference. Put one copy in a folder and the other in your pocketbook. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it.

    9. Take comfortable clothing to wear in your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. Take a sweater or blazer, in case the air conditioning is too cool for your inner thermostat. If you’re hot, you can take off the blazer. Jeans, a shirt, and a blazer are good work attire for writers. Linda Rohrbough says that you want the editors to think you just left your computer to meet with them.

    10. Check your laptop. Charge its battery. Purchase a portable disc drive or flash drive or thumb drive. Most of them are USB port compatible. Copy your full manuscripts of the Works in Progress and other pertinent information you may need for the conference.

    At the Conference

    1. Take notes using your new spiral notebook or composition book or take notes on your laptop or other device. When you get home, edit your notes and add information from your handouts. You can copy or scan pertinent information from the handouts into a computer.

    2. Hand out business cards to everyone you with whom you talk. Ask for their business cards, too. This will give you resources to check after the conference. The more you do this, the more comfortable and natural it will be for you. Make a goal of handing out at least 5, 10, 15, or 20 cards.

    3. Do you feel lonely and out of touch with people? Plan to talk to the people who sit beside you in the workshops. Exchange names, email addresses, and business cards with them. Here are possible questions to start your conversation:

    “What are you writing?”
    “Are you in writing group? Is it online or face-to-face?”
    “How do you find time to write?”
    “Do you write best in the morning or at night?”

    4.  If you happen to meet an agent or editor in the elevator or at lunch, remember he/she is human, like you. Ask one of these questions or one of your own:

    “What is your favorite project right now?”
    “How do you know when a book is right for you?”
    “What’s your advice for writers?”

    5.  After your question for an editor or agent, there is a great possibility he/she will ask you, “What kind of writing do you do?” This is a perfect lead in for your pitch. Hold your head high. Look the editor/agent in the eye. Pretend he’s your best friend and tell him your pitch.

    6. Take a short walk for exercise in between sessions.

    7. Get plenty of sleep.

    8. Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins. This will keep you alert and focused.

    9. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can.

    10. List twenty things for which you are thankful each morning before you get out of bed.

    11. Thank the presenters and the organizers for what you liked about the conference. Make suggestions for improvements.

    12. If you a book inspires you at the workshop, buy it or order it from your public library.

    After the Conference

    1. Sleep, if you’re tired. Accept yourself and others as you are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for 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 this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing goals using the skills and information you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)

    5. Writing Skill/Genre Goals

    a) Read ten books in your chosen genre and three books on the craft of writing and/or illustrating.

    b) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent on the third Friday of the month (PubSub3rdFri).

    6. Marketing Goals

    a) Learn a new technology.

    b) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors on a regular basis. (See my Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts)

    c) Join my PubSub3rdFri – Pub Subbers Yahoo Group by sending an email to:
    pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or write me at the email address from the left-hand column to let me know. Members post successes, ask other members for help. etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.

    d) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.

    e) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.

    f) 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 is a pitch that is 140 characters long (approximately 25 words) that fits in Twitter. If you have all these different lengths, you will have a pitch to use in your cover letter, proposal, and for the rave blurbs for the back cover of your book. Your pitch is the magnetic tool that will entice people to buy your book.

    g) Prepare a post card, business card, bookmark, signature for email to promote you and your writing. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs.

    7. Networking Goals

    a) Create a website and/or blog.

    b) Join a writer’s critique group.

    c) Give book presentations/workshops for schools and organizations

    d) Create an author/illustrator page on Facebook and post news of your publishing journey.

    e) Create a Twitter Account. Twitter your blog posts and your publishing news.

    f) Create a TweetDeck account to better organize Twitter, Facebook, and/or Linked-In.

    g) Create a Glog (Big Poster) on Glogster: http://www.glogster.com

    g) Visit the website of three people who shared a business card with you.  Email them. Here are possible points to include in your email. Remind them of how you enjoyed talking with them. Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript or book. Compliment them for being brave if they read their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem.

    Below are four other articles to help you get the most out of a writing conference.

    Kristen Lamb, “Getting the Most Out of Writing Conferences:” http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/getting-the-most-out-of-writing-conferences/.

    Margo L. Dill, “Writers Conferences: Five Reasons Why You Should Go NOW, and How to Get the Most for Your Money:” http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/13-FE-MargoDill.html/.

    Marita Littauer, “Four Keys for Writers Conference Success:” http://www.right-writing.com/conference-keys.html/.

    Yvonne Russell, “Getting the Most out of a Writers’ Conference:” http://www.growyourwritingbusiness.com/?p=47/.

    Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it leads you to have more faith in yourself. I hope you experience success in every way imaginable.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards
    Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

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