So go … Go where? To a writers conference.
A lot of people ask authors that have had books published about the “short cuts” to getting in print. Every time I do a signing or a seminar someone wants “the secret.” I don’t believe there are any. Well, maybe a few. Do something that makes your name recognizable in a significant percentage of households. Like shooting Bin Laden. Going to work for a TV network. Becoming the first female all-pro NFL quarterback. These aren’t formulas to pursue if you’re serious about getting pubed. Normally, there’s a process to go through; sorry it takes time and lots and lots and lots and lots of work, failure, and rejection, before success knocks.
There is something that will help prevent you from making writing detours. These detours cause you to take a lot longer to get where you want to go. They’re caused by working without a full knowledge of what publishing professionals want. A lot of “would be Cornwells or Sparks” grind away, spending hours of diligent effort at the keyboard, producing work that has fatal flaws. Eventually, trial and error allows them to put together a manuscript that has a chance. A lot of folks hang up the pen a long time before they get that far.
Avoid many of these detours. Go to a “good” writers conference. A good conference: 1) offers courses and speakers that provide you with incites in what the publishing world likes and dislikes, 2) features publishing people that have solid experience in the industry, and 3) give you the opportunity to get one on one evaluation of your work. You’ll learn more in a one to five day experience than a year of pounding out pages that no one will read.
I practice what I preach on this. I go to one or more conference each year as a student (not speaker). I’ll be attending the Unicorn Writers Conference this August. I find the longer I write, the more I learn about the craft and how much I don’t know! This conference is a “good one” featuring all the traits (noted above) a writer needs to learn and improve. For your convenience I’ve placed the URL for the Unicorn Writers Conference here so if you’d like to see how a first-rate conference is composed, you’ll have a reference. http://www.unicornwritersconference.com
Another feature of attending a conference is the opportunity to meet and absorb knowledge from other writers. I find this is very valuable. These folks have my problems and my goals. Many times they’ve solutions they can share. And … sometime you can have the satisfaction of helping someone along the writing obstacle course.
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