Self-Publishing 101 – How much does it cost to self-publish?

The Guardian has culled together a step-by-step list of tasks and costs on the road to Self-Publishing

The article is of immense help to any writer aspiring to self-publish.

Read the full article HERE.

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The 50’s were a time when Elvis was alive, but some people thought he was dead.

Instead of the other way around.

Sharon Belcastro: Specific Tropes of Different Genres

Last night, Tampa Writer’s Alliance hosted local literary agent

Sharon Belcastro: Specific Tropes of Different Genres

at the Barnes & Nobel, Carrollwood

Sharon spoke of the different genres of commercial fiction and what readers, hence publishers, require for each genre.

One might be surprised by the detailed formula for each genre as well as the extensive “don’t do’s” that will get your book rejected.

Sharon was delightful, answered many related questions, and really knew her subject matter.

 

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Brothers Adam and Dave were reminiscing.

“Remember the atomic-bomb drills in the 1950’s?” asked Adam.

“We used to have to hide under our desks.”

“That really had an effect on me,” Dave said.

“To this day, I dive under the table whenever the pizza guy delivers on with mushrooms.”

 

Down & Out Books Submissions: Currently OPEN

Down & Out Books is currently open for submissions through February 14th, 2018.

Manuscripts submitted during this period will be considered for 2020 publication; our 2019 publication calendar is completely full.

Down & Out Books is an award-winning independent publisher of crime fiction.

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Grandma was bragging about the ’40s to her grandson Jimmy.

“The microwave oven was invented in the 1940’s,” she told him.

“Wait, don’t tell me,” he said. “Before that you had to walk through snow, uphill both ways, to a movie theatre to buy popcorn.”

FREE Online Writing Classes

FREE Online Writing Classes

#WritingClasses #OnlineClasses #WritingTips

Here are a plethora of FREE online writing classes, available for all types of writers and aspiring writers.

·         Basic Writing & Composition

·         Essay Writing

·         Journalistic Writing

·         Writing Fiction

·         Applied Writing Skills

Basic Writing & Composition

Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it’s perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.
Self Paced

Perfect Tenses and Modals
via University of California, Irvine
In this course, you will learn about important intermediate verb tenses, including present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive
Next Session: 1st Jan, 2018

Adjectives and Adjective Clauses
via University of California, Irvine
Being able to adeptly use adjective clauses in speaking and writing is useful for upper level English learners. Adjectives and adjective clauses are very common in English, so students need to be able to understand them when they see them or hear them.
Next Session: 11th Dec, 2017

Tricky English Grammar
via University of California, Irvine
Learning English can be tricky, and in this class you’ll focus on some of those tricky issues. You’ll get clear explanations about the difficult grammar points and practice in using them correctly.
Next Session: 11th Dec, 2017

Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot
via Wesleyan University
In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires.
Next Session: 18th Dec, 2017

English Composition I: Achieving Expertise
via Duke University
You will gain a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. Students will learn how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others’ ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose.
Next Session: 1st Jan, 2018

A beginners’ guide to writing in English for university study
via University of Reading
Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.
Next Session: 1st May, 2017

Write101x: English Grammar and Style
via University of Queensland
Write101x will enable you to learn how words work so that you can write the concise, lucid, nuanced, and compelling prose that is so valued by readers.
Next Session: 9th Oct, 2017

Adventures in Writing
Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx
Welcome to Adventures in Writing, a series of graphic-novel style learning modules designed to help you learn more about and practice a range of effective written communication skills. You’ll immerse yourself in the adventures of Maya and Chris, using each module’s interactive exercises to apply what you’ve learned
★★★★★ (1 rating) | Next Session : Self Paced

Scribble: Writing for New Writers
via OpenLearning
This course will take students through the process of writing from simple paragraphs to more complex writing structures and eventually research writing.
★★★★☆ (4 ratings) | Next Session : Self Paced

Thinking Like a Writer
via Michigan State University
This course revolves around the work of revising writing, learning, and engaging with language and community. You will explore who you are as a learner as you write about yourself and your language use, as well as consider who you are as a communicator as you critique texts, persuade audiences, and collaborate with others.
Next Session: 23rd Jun, 2014

Essay Writing

Creative Writing: Using Your Mistakes to Power Your Personal Essays (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
Ever had a story you couldn’t wait to share? Join author Emily Gould to learn how to write a personal essay that gets read.
Self Paced

Getting Started with Essay Writing
via University of California, Irvine
In this course, you’ll learn all about academic essay writing and, specifically, how to write three types of essays: compare/contrast, cause/effect, and argument.
Next Session: 11th Dec, 2017

How to Write an Essay 
via University of California, Berkeley
College Writing 2.1x is an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.
Next Session: Self paced

English Grammar and Essay Writing
via University of California, Berkeley
College Writing 2.2x is the second part of the academic writing course. In this part, you will focus on proofreading and self-editing; revision vs. editing; common errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling; understanding tone and diction; vocabulary development.
Next Session: Self paced

Journalistic Writing

Content Marketing: Blogging for Growth (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
Explore how entrepreneur Eric Siu creates content not just for the sake of writing, but for hitting your own goals. In this 80-minute deep dive class, you’ll learn Eric’s step-by-step structure for creating compelling blog content — the same process that has helped him build a seven-figure business, Single Grain and the five-star-rated podcast, Growth Everywhere.
Self Paced

English for Journalism
via University of Pennsylvania
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism.
Next Session:18th Dec, 2017

Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens
University of Melbourne via Coursera
This is a course in basic journalism skills, designed for the many people who are now taking advantage of new media to publish news, views and information
Next Session : 13th Sep, 2016

Introduction to Journalism
via University of Strathclyde
Learn about the key principles and debates in journalism and enact the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story.
Next Session:28th Mar, 2016

Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media
Cardiff University via FutureLearn
This is a course in basic journalism skills designed for citizens who are using new media to publish news, views and information. We cover writing skills, interviews, ethics, law and accessing public forums and documents. We also introduce basic investigative skills.
★★★★☆ (3 ratings) | Next Session : 8th Feb, 2016

J4SC101x: Journalism for Social Change
University of California, Berkeley via edX
J4SC101 has been designed for students who are interested in the intersection of public policy, journalism and social sciences and who are looking to use their expertise and careers to drive positive social change.
★★★☆☆ (1 rating) | Next Session : Self paced

Writing Fiction

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
How do you write a story that feels alive? What makes a story different from an anecdote? Join renowned urban fantasy writer Daniel José Older for a 40-minute dive into the fundamentals of narrative storytelling!
Self Paced

Creative Writing: The Craft of Style
via Wesleyan University
Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can work on it, enhance it. In this course we will introduce aspiring writers to the art of putting pressure on written language.
Next Session: 18th Dec, 2017

Creative Writing: The Craft of Setting and Description
via Wesleyan University
In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to the techniques that masters of fiction use to ground a story in a concrete world.
Next Session: 18th Dec, 2017

Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest
Commonwealth Education Trust via Coursera
This course is for curious students and aspiring authors with a passion for writing for young readers
★★★★★ (12 ratings) | Next Session :  25th Dec, 2017

How Writers Write Fiction
via University of Iowa
An interactive study of the practice of creative writing, How Writers Write presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks created by fifty authors of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation.
Next Session: 24th Sep, 2015

Start writing fiction
via The Open University
This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.
Next Session: 5th Mar, 2018

The Future Of Storytelling
via University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Learn how to analyze, contextualize and create stories and narratives in current media: from understanding storytelling basics to discussing new online tools and formats, this course brings together a network of media researchers, creators, and students.
Next Session: 25th Oct, 2013

How Writers Write Poetry
via University of Iowa
The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips.
Next Session: Mar, 2015

Applied Writing Skills

Content Curation: How To Create A Viral Site From Scratch (1 month free trial)
via Skillshare
About This Class Ever wonder how those sites like ViralNova or GodVine get so much TRAFFIC and literally blew up overnight? Oh, and did I also mention sites like that generally tend to generate over six figures per month and usually sell for tens of millions?
Self Paced

Advanced Writing
via University of California, Irvine
It will help you raise the level of your writing and make you more aware of the type of writing you can expect in college. You’ll learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it using correct MLA citations.
Next Session: 11th Dec, 2017

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications
via University of Sheffield
This free three week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.
Next Session: 8th Jan, 2018

Writing for the Web
Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure and search engine optimisation.
Next Session: 19th Nov, 2017

ColWri2.3x: Academic and Business Writing
via University of California, Berkeley
An introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.
Next Session: 18th Apr, 2016

Stunt Writing for Personal Growth
The Stunt Writing For Personal Growth class includes prompts, lectures, readings and discussions for writers of any age, at any level. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” Stunt Writing For Personal Growth is a process that uses writing as a tool for you to learn about yourself, and gain skills in communicating your own unique story.
Next Session: 20th Jul, 2015

Writing in the Sciences
via Stanford
This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Students from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the first four weeks (on general principles of effective writing)

Character Development ==via=== Myers-Briggs personality test

Character Development ==via=== Myers-Briggs personality test

The Myers Briggs personality test has long been used as a tool to help people learn more about themselves.

By answering a few questions, the test identifies you as having one of 16 personality types.

This can be useful in allowing respondents to further explore and understand their own personalities including their likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, possible career preferences, and compatibility with other people.

Great. Touchy feely. But how does that help me as an author?

Angela Hunt, award winning author of dozens of books, shares her secret. When she decides to create a new character for one, she gives it the Myers-Briggs test.

There are many websites that offer the test for free.

It’s a simple matter of a answering four questions about your character. Each question assigns a personality-type letter.

For example, the first question (Introvert or Extrovert) assigns an “I” or “E” depending on your answer.

The second question assigns an “S” or “N”, 3rd “T” or “F” and the 4th “J” or “P”

So you wind up with four letters.

  • I or E
  • S or N
  • T or F
  • J or P

Your character may be an ISTJ or an ENFP, or any of the 16 combinations.

 

Now comes the fun part….

Just ‘bing’ or ‘google’ your four letters.

If you bing ‘ESFP’ for example, you receive the detailed character traits…

As an ESFP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

Copy them into MS-Word, then search and replace “ESFP” (or your four letters) with the character’s name “DETECTIVE BRIGGS” (or your characters name).

And you get a terrific starting point and reference for your new character.

And here’s what you get…

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS], primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS] live in the world of people possibilties. They love people and new experiences. They are lively and fun, and enjoy being the center of attention. They live in the here-and-now, and relish excitement and drama in their lives.

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS] have very strong inter-personal skills, and may find themselves in the role of the peacemaker frequently. Since they make decisions by using their personal values, they are usually very sympathetic and concerned for other people’s well-being. They’re usually quite generous and warm. They are very observant about other people, and seem to sense what is wrong with someone before others might, responding warmly with a solution to a practical need. They might not be the best advice-givers in the world, because they dislike theory and future-planning, but they are great for giving practical care.

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS] is definitely a spontaneous, optimistic individual. They love to have fun. If the [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] has not developed their Thinking side by giving consideration to rational thought processing, they tend to become over-indulgent, and place more importance on immediate sensation and gratification than on their duties and obligations. They may also avoid looking at long-term consequences of their actions.

For the [DETECTIVE BRIGGS], the entire world is a stage. They love to be the center of attention and perform for people. They’re constantly putting on a show for others to entertain them and make them happy. They enjoy stimulating other people’s senses, and are extremely good at it. They would love nothing more than for life to be a continual party, in which they play the role of the fun-loving host.

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS] love people, and everybody loves an [DETECTIVE BRIGGS]. One of their greatest gifts is their general acceptance of everyone. They are upbeat and enthusiastic, and genuinely like almost everybody. An [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] is unfailingly warm and generous with their friends, and they generally treat everyone as a friend. However, once crosesed, an [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] is likely to make a very strong and stubborn judgment against the person who crossed them. They are capable of deep dislike in such a situation.

The [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] under a great deal of stress gets overwhelmed with negatives thoughts and possibilities. As an optimistic individual who lives in the world of possibilities, negative possibilities do not sit well with them. In an effort to combat these thoughts, they’re likely to come up with simple, global statements to explain away the problem. These simplistic explanations may or may not truly get to the nature of the issue, but they serve the [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] well by allowing them to get over it.

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS] are likely to be very practical, although they hate structure and routine. They like to “go with the flow”, trusting in their ability to improvise in any situation presented to them. They learn best with “hands-on” experience, rather than by studying a book. They’re uncomfortable with theory. If an [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] hasn’t developed their intuitive side, they may tend to avoid situations which involve a lot of theoretical thinking, or which are complex and ambiguous. For this reason, an [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] may have difficulty in school. On the other hand, the [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] does extremely well in situations where they’re allowed to learn by interacting with others, or in which they “learn by doing”.

[DETECTIVE BRIGGS]s have a very well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty, and an excellent sense of space and function. If they have the means, they’re likely to have to have many beautiful possessions, and an artfully furnished home. In general, they take great pleasure in objects of aesthetic beauty. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the finer things in life, such as good food and good wine.

The [DETECTIVE BRIGGS] is a great team player. He or she is not likely to create any problems or fuss, and is likely to create the most fun environment possible for getting the task done. [DETECTIVE BRIGGS]s will do best in careers in which they are able to use their excellent people skills, along with their abilities to meld ideas into structured formats. Since they are fast-paced individuals who like new experiences, they should choose careers which offer or require a lot of diversity, as well as people skills.

ESFPs usually like to feel strongly bonded with other people, and have a connection with animals and small children that is not found in most other types. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the beauties of nature as well.

The ESFP has a tremendous love for life, and knows how to have fun. They like to bring others along on their fun-rides, and are typically a lot of fun to be with. They’re flexible, adaptable, genuinely interested in people, and usually kind-hearted. They have a special ability to get a lot of fun out of life, but they need to watch out for the pitfalls associated with living entirely in the moment.

 

 

10 Free Online Writing College Courses

Free Online Non-Credited Writing Courses

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Through MIT’s OCW program, students can download a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level course materials that cover topics in, among others, essay, expository and technical writing. Course activities and formats include assignments, exams, lecture notes and video presentations.

  • Writing and Reading the Essay focuses on the essay as a popular literary genre. The syllabus indicates two essay anthologies as course texts, which can be purchased online. Course activities include a reader’s journal and a series of personal writing assignments.
  • Writing and Reading Short Stories offers students the opportunity to study character development, plotting and point of view. Featured authors include, among others, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, William Faulkner and John Updike.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is a scientific and technological university that offers OCW courses and materials.

  • Technical Writing is geared toward the advanced writer. In this course, which consists of about 40 video-taped lectures, students apply theory to analyze and solve complex communication problems. Course topics include audience awareness, document design, ethics, gender equity and rhetorical theory.

Open University

The Open University is the largest educational establishment in the United Kingdom, as well as the country’s only distance-learning school. The university’s free online classes may not provide access to the same resources used by formally enrolled students, but course formats might include Web- and print-based content as well as the ability to interact with other students through a comments feature.

  • Start Writing Fiction is a 12-hour, introductory course that can provide students with the inspiration and tools they need to put their words on paper. The course emphasis is on developing character and settings within a variety of fiction genres.
  • Writing What You Know is designed to help students improve their descriptive writing skills. This 8-hour, introductory class encourages students to view their everyday lives from a new perspective, demonstrating how an author’s personal life can serve as a source of inspiration.

Purdue University

Through Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL), students and teachers around the world can enjoy 24-hour access to a variety of Web-based resources, including handouts, podcasts and PowerPoint presentations. These include topics in grammar and mechanics, professional and technical writing, English as a Second Language (ESL), research and writing style.

  • Professional and Technical Writing provides a list of varied Web-based resources that can show students and professionals how to research and write business letters, memos and other office-related documents. Topics include audience analysis, parallel structures and writing tone. Additional technical writing resources include information on how to write scientific abstracts and white papers.
  • The Writing Process includes a list of mostly text-based resources and exercises that cover everything from overcoming writer’s block to proofreading strategies. Additional topics include pre-writing, thesis statements, outlining and audience analysis, which can be applied to a wide variety of writing tasks.

University of College Falmouth

The University College Falmouth is a specialized art institution based in the United Kingdom. The non-credit classes offered through the school’s ‘openSpace’ project allow students to work at their own level and pace but don’t provide all the materials from the original course. Although registration isn’t required to access assignments, lectures and other materials, registered students may be able to participate in online chats and peer reviews.

  • Introduction to Novel Writing was designed to provide graduate-level students with the structural skills to organize and develop extended pieces of creative writing. In addition to writing assignments and suggested readings, open course materials include YouTube videos by Joyce Carol Oates, Salmon Rushdie and Amy Tan.
  • Writing for Children introduces students to the genres and styles integral to the market and helps them find the right age group for their story. Open course materials include assignments, background reading, examples of children’s books and an online lecture.

University of Iowa

The Writing University is a Web-based resource for the school’s literary and writing community, providing direct access to a number of free audio presentations. Recent podcasts have included presentations on the sentence, creative nonfiction and experiential writing.

  • Flash Fiction introduces students to the concept of the super-short story and its emergence as a mainstream literary trend. Listeners can learn how brief experiences or even a life story can be condensed to a paragraph or a couple of written lines.
  • How to Find the Short Story Within Your Novel helps listeners identify the dissimilarities between these two literary forms. Students learn how to extract a quality excerpt from a longer piece of prose and how first-time authors can prepare their work for publication.

University of Massachusetts at Boston

  • Critical Reading and Writing is designed to help students achieve college-level reading and writing skills through a critical exploration of U.S. foreign policy. Students have access to the course syllabus, an assignment list and website. Through the course site, students can open and download text documents and PowerPoint presentations on topics like critical analysis strategies, brainstorming and building concepts, as well documents and links to online resources on foreign policy issues.

University of Michigan

This university participates as a member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium by providing free access to educational materials and course content through its Open.Michigan website.

  • Principles of Research and Problem Solving is a powerpoint presentation breaking down scientific writing skills as within research proposals.

Utah State University (USU)

Utah State offers OCW materials in several academic departments. Students may be able to apply the knowledge gained from use of these open materials to pass exams to earn credit. USU may give credit to students who pass subject tests offered by individual departments, the International Baccalaureate Organization or CLEP exams, among other options.

  • Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode provides access to 16 weekly lessons, with links to readings and related writing assignments. Students learn how to engage in various components of the writing process while developing critical reading and thinking skills. Topics include writing about controversial topics, argumentation styles, source documentation and how to use multimedia resources.
  • Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose is an online complement to a graduate-level course. The course materials are presented in a similar 16-week format, with links to several online readings and assignment descriptions. The syllabus begins with assignments related to debate and dialogue, cultural myths and visual literacy. Additional writing activities include a family narrative, a school board project and a media analysis.

Stanford University

Online courses can be found at Stanford through the school’s OpenEdX platform.

  • Adventures in Writing is an innovative approach to teaching writing skills. Developed by a group of lecturers, the course teaches written communication skills through a series of learning modules drawn and formatted in the style of graphic novels.

Tips for Preparing for a Writing Conference

Culled from numerous posts and articles, here’s lots of advice on getting the most out of a writing conference.

 

  1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

1.1.  Decide on which workshops you want to attend and which editors you want to meet with

1.2.  Google the writers, editors and agents who will be at the conference and get a sense of what they’ve written, what kind of publications they edit and what kinds of writers they represent.

1.3.  Make sure that the people you will meet at the conference are the right ones for you to talk with and that the publisher is looking for what you have to offer.

1.4.  If you know that your book will be perfect for a publisher, but the only editor represented by that publisher works with a different line, talk to that person anyway. Editors will typically know whether your manuscript should be forwarded to another department within their house.

1.5.   Take advantage of authors who are there. Authors who are on faculty will have enough experience with writing and publishing to help tweak your work and offer good advice.

  1. COME PREPARED.

2.1.  Business cards—with your photo on it.

2.2.  A notepad and pen.

2.3.  Don’t bring your entire manuscript or proposal. Instead bring a sample of that work and a one-sheet proposal to give an editor an idea of what your book is about.

  1. BE PROFESSIONAL.

3.1.  Dress professional casual makes a good impression.

3.2.  Attend the opening ceremonies banquet. You may sit with other authors and speakers from around the country.

3.3.  When meeting editors and agents, don’t rush them or forget that perhaps they need a little break.

3.4.  When approaching editors and agents, ask if they want to be solicited, and then listen to their answers.

3.5.  Don’t try to pitch right there—ask how they like to be approached (e-mail, text, phone) and then do exactly as they say. Sales don’t happen at conferences.

3.6.  If an agent or editor is interested in learning more about you or your work, they will want to see a business card, webpage, and social media following

  1. BE REALISTIC.
    Don’t count on meeting your agent, signing with them and having them sell your work before the conference is over.
  2. SET GOALS UP FRONT.

5.1.  When deciding on a conference to attend, research the type of conference that suits your needs.

5.2.  Decide where you want to focus: generating work, mentoring or contact with other writers.

  1. MAKE CONNECTIONS.

6.1.  Talk to everyone around you. You’ll triple what you learn, make friends and get tips you couldn’t get any other way. When you get home, send a ‘so glad to have met you’ e-mail, and then stay in touch.

6.2.  If you have a writing specialty, and the person you’re talking with has another, ask, ‘Do you know anyone here who writes about X, as I do? Will you introduce me, or point them out?’

6.3.  This is a learning experience so don’t be afraid to prepare questions to ask authors, agents, and editors

  1. NETWORK NATURALLY.
    You’re there to meet like-minded folks
  2. PERFECT YOUR PITCH.
    • 1. Write a one sentence blurb and memorize it.

8.2.  Have a clean, crisp three-sentence pitch for your project: title, hook, basic premise.

8.3.  Do not compare yourself to famous, bestselling novelists.

8.4.   Allow enough time for the agent or editor to ask you questions!

9.     Do’s & Don’ts

9.1.  Do go to as many educational sessions as possible and take notes.

9.2.  Do bring extra cash. In addition to buying books, you’ll want to schmooze & make writer friends.

9.3.  Do read other writers’ blog posts describing their experiences at conferences before you go.

9.4.  Don’t pass agents or editors any pages during a pitch. Agents can’t carry around sample pages from all the writers they meet.

9.5.  Don’t come to a meeting with an agent with a long, rambling pitch. Aim to discuss your book and yourself in 90 seconds.

9.6.  Don’t skimp. Most conferences charge a base fee to attend, and then they charge for add-ons, including pitches to agents, critiques or the fancy dinner with the evening keynote speaker.

9.7.  Don’t monopolize an agent’s time. If you sit down at a table and an agent joins you and others, know that most if not all of the people next to you will want to chat with the agent. Be respectful and don’t dominate her attention for long periods of time.

  1. Conversation Tips
  • Make eye contact
  • Watch your posture
  • Match the other person’s body language
  • Walk into the room with purpose
  1. Conversation Starters
  • What are you writing?
  • Why do you write?
  • When did you start writing?
  • Where did you get the idea for your current project?
  • What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
  • When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
  • What’s your favorite conference you’ve been to?
  • What’s been your favorite class so far?
  • What’s the best tip you’ve learned about writing?
  • What’s the best book you’ve ever read?