Florida Heritage Writers Conference

This past weekend I was fortunate to attend a local writers conference for a day and a half.  I felt pretty good going into it:  I’ve finished two manuscripts and been kicked around quite a bit, I know what I’m doing!

There is still so much to learn!  I stayed mostly in a marketing track (for both me and my stories) and have so much more work to do that I had to make a To Do List.

I spent Thursday afternoon and a session on Friday with Sasha ZeBryk learning 3 Wicked Ways to Woo Any Audience and how to Introduce myself in Technicolor.  She was fantastic – talk about a dynamic speaker.  I’m working on better intro’s now for when people ask me “So, what do you do?”

I also learned from Sharon Y. Cobb in Your Blog, Your Brand that I need to have covers for both manuscripts prepared as well as book trailers (like a movie trailer) to wow potential agents and publishers.  She was very excited that I was the only one in the group with a coach – Christine Jump, who has been amazing at preparing me for interviewing sessions and questions.

The key-note speaker was Diana Abu-Jabar who led us through “Creating a Writing Life: In 10,000 Easy Steps.”  What an amazing author and story-teller she is; I’m already reading her books!

All in all, it was a fantastic whirlwind of days, not only meeting some talented authors, but learning how to expand my own horizons and meeting some wonderful people who are trying to succeed in this crazy business too.

I’m going to be swamped between now and the next conference in October, but it’s all for a good cause!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Florida Heritage Writers Conference

  1. John Hamel says:

    Sounds like an exciting and worthwhile experience. I once had aspirations in that direction, but got overcome by life’s experiences, and lost sight of that goal. Having a successful author for a daughter will have to suffice, and it already has, published or not. Don’t ever give up the struggle, because your stories are definitely worth sharing.


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