Get Your Book Published: Writers’ Conferences

If you want to get your book published, it may require a team effort. You need an agent and a publisher. How do you find an agent and/or publisher? One ways is at writers’ conferences. A couple years ago I attended the She Speaks Conference near Charlotte, North Carolina. I learned so much about writing, building a platform, and the publishing process at that conference. Plus, I made friends who have the same aspirations for writing I have, and we still support and encourage each other.

 Picture from a bloggers breakfast we had–Standing: Lisa BoydMary SnyderTeri Lynne Underwood, Me, Emily Freeman. Sitting: Laura Lee ShawCindy BultemaVictoria Jenkins, Julie Sanders

According to The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012, there are over 100 Christian writers’ conferences in the United States. When I asked on Twitter and Facebook, the following four conferences were the most highly recommended:
You can visit each conferences’ website for information about the dates, cost, location, speakers, workshops, and the agents and publishers who will attend the conference.
If you’re attending a writers’ conference for the first time, here are a few tips:
  • Find out how to set up meetings with agents and publishers. Do this ahead of time so you know what to expect and who you will meet. Research the publishing houses and agents who are attending to see which ones fit you/your writing project best.
  • Make sure to closely follow the guidelines they give if you want to present your book proposal in a meeting. (I highly recommend you have your proposal professionally edited before presenting it to an agent or publishing !)
  • You will also want to have copies of your maglie calcio poco prezzo one sheet, in case you meet an agent in a casual setting.
  • Perfect your elevator pitch so you can tell anyone who asks about your book.
  • Don’t judge the success or failure of the conference based on getting your book idea picked up by an agent or publisher. The more you learn about writing and publishing, the closer you get to your dream of being published. Every contact you make, piece of advice you get, and lesson you learn will help you achieve your goals.

Have you ever been to a writers’ conference? Would you recommend it? What advice would you give to someone attending for the first time?

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Comments

  1. Love this series … love that picture … and thankful for my experience at She Speaks!

  2. One thing I would like to do is get teaching/guidance more at the writing level as opposed to the promotion level. I have often considered grad school as a way to hone writing ability. There is a misconception that some people have to have “the gift” in order to write something worth reading. My daughter is a grad student in Engish and says that is false. She teaches writing to undergrad students, and she says there is much to be learned about how to learn conciseness. I would like to attend something that is more about writing than promotion.

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