If you are a serious writer with high aspirations, then you’ll want to go to a writers’ conference. A writers’ conference is a think tank for authors to build on each other’s ideas and inspire new achievements in their own work. For the cost of lodging and registration, the payoff for attending a writers’ conference could be tremendous.  

Attending a writers’ conference gives you a chance to pitch your book, learn about the various publishing options, and meet book editors, agents, and book marketing specialists. If your book is six months or a year from being finished, you can talk to people with valuable input on shaping your book. At a writers’ conference, you’ll get all sorts of advice to help you wrap up your project when you return home.

Of course, you will want to prepare for any writers’ conference you attend by having a plan of what you want to find out and what you will do while there. I suggest you develop an “elevator pitch” about your book that you can deliver in 30 seconds. Have a one-pager available with your book cover, an author headshot, a short, 50-word synopsis, a short bio, a website URL, a Twitter handle, and your contact information. You never know who you’ll meet, so be prepared for that moment!

Here are some upcoming writers’ conferences in 2019 for your consideration:


Select a writers’ conference of interest to you and be prepared to enjoy the benefits of meeting other writers. You may acquire knowledge you can use immediately, find a new market for your book, elevate your professional effectiveness, meet editors, agents and publishers, become inspired, and return home energized.

The Bottom Line: Make a commitment to attend at least one writers’ conference in the coming months. You’ll be glad you did!


Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications Book Marketing, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors, promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA officers, Navy SEALS, homemakers, fitness gurus, doctors, lawyers, and adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, The New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, The LA Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Woman’s World, and Howard Stern, to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at http://www.book-marketing-expert.com , or contact Lorenz at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist

 

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