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!