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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.

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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. Use www.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 at VistaPrintGot Print, 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.

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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.

Pub Subbers
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

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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Simplify to Boost Your Learning for Your Next Online Conference


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“Simplify to Boost Your Learning for Your Next Online Conference” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here are ways to simplify things to boost your learning for your next online conference. I wrote this with writers and illustrators in mind. However, you can adapt these ideas to benefit you no matter what your profession is. It’s in 3 parts: before the conference, during the conference, and after the conference.

I hope that by attending an online conference, you’ll learn a new skill or marketing technique that inspires you to reach new levels in your career. I hope a few of my ideas simplify things so you learn more at your next online conference.

Before the Conference

  1. Register for the conference. (A few are listed in the resources area at the bottom.)
  2. Fix a profile page and information to use when sending emails and in response to emails sent through the conference site with your email, website, blog, buy book link, etc. If you haven’t set up a signature for your personal email, do this now. Microsoft Outlook let’s you make different signatures with images or without images.

  3. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshop(s) that will help you improve that skill. The online conferences I’ve attended have many more workshops than you can possibly absorb during the allotted time period. Choose one to three workshops. The first time I participated in an online conference, I overdid it. I signed up for about 15 workshops. That was way too many to focus on. I was neither a master of one nor did I learn much from one workshop.

  4. Visit the webpages of at least three of the presenters that interest you. Study the information about them. Check out their books at your local library or on an online book store.

  5. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down on 3×5 cards and ask them during the workshops. You can usually write presenters during the conference with the conference email. If it’s after the conference, check their website for contact information. Put the name of the conference in the subject.

  6. Before the conference, check the website for handouts for the workshops. Usually they are in PDF format. You can download the ones from the workshop you’ve chosen. I suggest downloading as many as you’re interested in. The handouts are only listed for a month or so. You can read and save or discard later.

  7. Giveaways – If you’re a presenter for an online conference, you can give gifts (free pdf files, image logos, cover images of your book) Sometimes a writer gives critique discounts for participants.

  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. Or you can set up a file and type your notes from the class, handouts, or comments on the computer.

  9. Buy two pens that are dependable and write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them by your computer along with sticky notes. Make note of brainstorms you receive during the workshop on the sticky notes.

  10. 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. Put them by your computer. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it.

  11. If they have publishers or agents who are scheduling online chat pitches, sign up for one with the publisher or agent you believe would work well for your manuscript.

  12. Wear comfortable clothing. You can even do the online conferences in your pajamas. Wear your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. It’s important for you to be comfortable and empowered.

  13. Check your laptop, iPad, or iPhone that you plan to use during the conference. Charge its battery each day of the conference.

  14. Get plenty of sleep. Be prepared to get hyped up. You may get into a writing spree.

At the Conference

  1. List things for which you are thankful each morning of the conference.

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

  3. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can, but don’t overdo it. Choose one to three and focus on learning as much as you can from these.

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

  5. Many times people in the forum leave comments for the instructor and the participants. Feel free to comment or send a private email to them to ask a question related to their comment. Here are questions to get you started:

“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?”

  1.  If you have a scheduled pitch with an agent or publisher during the conference, follow the guidelines. Pitch sessions are usually held in a private chat room. You may only have 10 minutes to hook the publisher or agent. If the directions say share a 50-word pitch, do that. Don’t squeeze in a 200 word pitch into a five or ten minute pitch session. Your time might run out before you’ve finished. Be ready to tell how you plan to help market your book and why you’re the best person to write this story. In a chat room, usually you can put four lines of text at one time.  You can practice in the chat rooms ahead of time or use http://www.Chatsy.com. You can set up your own room there and practice with a friend or alone.

7.  Take a short walk for exercise after completing a lesson. Walk inside or outside – 5 minutes away from the computer and 5 minutes to walk back to the computer is invigorating.

  1. Many times online workshops have chat sessions at the end – during the weekend. It’s usually a highlight review of the workshop. It’s a good time to ask a presenter to clarify a few points. Sometimes they offer a copy of the chat sessions. You can also copy and paste a chat session yourself.
  • Thank the presenters and the organizers for what you liked about the conference. Make suggestions for improvements.

  • 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. After you’ve rested, read and organize your notes from the workshops in which you participated. Edit your notes and add information from your handouts.   Write at least three major things you learned from each workshop. You can write down more details if you want.

    3. After this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing goals using the skills and information you learned.

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    Copyright © 2013-2017 Joan Y. Edwards

    Last revised: November 20, 2017

    Keys to Success: Prepare for a Conference


    Image Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards Prepare for a Conference

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    Prepare for a Conference

    “Keys to Success: Prepare for a Conference” by Joan Y. Edwards

    Here are a few key ways to prepare for a conference that you will attend in person. I wrote this with writers and illustrators in mind. However, I believe most of the ideas would be beneficial and could be adapted to anyone attending a conference in any profession. It’s in 3 parts: before the conference, during the conference, and after the conference. I hope that by attending a conference, you’ll learn a new skill or marketing technique that inspires you to reach your goals.

    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. If they have a website, read the about me. Check out their books at your local library or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
    3. 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.
    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.com, or local print shop. You can also create business cards on your computer.
    5. Giveaways – Get bookmarks printed: www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or a local shop. You can also make bookmarks by hand or on your computer.
    6. Giveaways – Get postcards printed of your best illustrations or of your book covers with a selling pitch for them: www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com You can also make bookmarks by hand or on your computer.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    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.
    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.
    11. Check your laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Charge its battery. Purchase a portable disc drive or flash 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 onto the portable drive. If you use Dropbox, you can put your manuscripts in it on your main computer. Add the Dropbox app to your iPad or other electronic device. You can see your manuscript from all devices. Check it out before you leave home.

    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 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 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. 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.

    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

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

    12. If you a book inspires you at the workshop, buy it or ask for it at 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.

    6. Marketing Goals

    a) Learn a new technology.

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

    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 post successes, ask other members for help. etc. Members receive automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.

    Pub Subbers

    Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Week 4

    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 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. Twitter your blog posts and your publishing news.

    f) 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.

    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. Kristen Lamb, “Getting the Most Out of Writing Conferences:” http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/getting-the-most-out-of-writing-conferences/.
    2. 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/.
    3. Marita Littauer, “Four Keys for Writers Conference Success:” http://www.right-writing.com/conference-keys.html/.
    4. Yvonne Russell, “Getting the Most out of a Writers’ Conference:” http://www.growyourwritingbusiness.com/?p=47/.
    5. Do I Still Need Business Cards for Networking? (projecteve.com)

    Thank you for reading my blog. Each time you read one of my articles, you honor me.  I hope your success is better than you ever imagined. To receive a free Never Give Up image logo, sign up in the left hand column to receive an email each time I add an article to this blog.

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    Attend a Workshop, Conference, or Take a Course – It’ll Get You Closer to Publication (PubSub3rdFri)


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    “Attend a Workshop, Conference, or Take a Course – It’ll Get You Closer to Publication (PubSub3rdFri)” by Joan Y. Edwards

    If you attend a workshop, go to a conference, or take a course, you are taking a step that will get you closer to publication. It goes to educating and inspiring the muse inside you. Learning new skills or refining skills will help you write better and make better revisions.

    Part of being a Pub Subber is education. Believing in yourself enough to spend the time, money, and effort to improve your skills at writing or illustrating is top notch. I am adding that if you attend a writing/illustrating workshop or conference, you can add that to your Pub Sub goals and accomplishments for that month. If you sent a manuscript for critique before the conference, and then attended the conference, it would be two Pub Subbing items. This is building your platform by giving you more chances to learn, network, and build your belief system. Each step you take will get you closer.

    We now have 6 people in our PubSubbers Yahoo Group. The people who have joined so far have great ideas to help us get better and better and lead us closer to publication dreams. Please join us to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice or help, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Nicole Thompson Andrews suggested we put something to make us accountable for what we say we’re going to do. We’ve added to send a plan on the first day of each month telling what you’re planning to submit and when. At the end of the month, we ask members to tell us if they’ve met their goals and celebrate and give rain checks to help keep writers and illustrators going forward on the path to publication. Join by sending an email to pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

    Pub Subbers submit one or more of their quality works on the third Friday of the month (or any other day of the month) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. They also attend workshops and conferences. They believe that submitting work often leads to publication. Join us, it’ll help you get published, too. If you’d like your name listed on the Pub Subbers page, leave a comment or send an email to the address in the left-hand column with your name, the title of your manuscript and where you sent it. Include your webpage or blog, if you like.

    Get your manuscript, and use the resources below to accomplish your Pub Sub 3rd Fri goal:

    Week One: Begin the Steps to Submit Your Work (PubSub3rdFri)
    Week Two: Writing the Pitch, Query Letter, Proposal, Resume (PubSub3rdFri)
    Week 3: Reread, Correct Errors, Print Pertinent Papers, and Send (PubSub3rdFri)
    Week 4: Educate and Motivate the Creative Muse (PubSub3rdFri)

    Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it inspires you to take a step towards your dream, whatever it is. Each step you take will fill you with more confidence to take the next step.

    Do something today to celebrate your love of writing.

    Joan Y. Edwards

    Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

    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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    Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator
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    Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

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