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.
- She Speaks Conference, North Carolina
- Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, California.
- CLASS Christian Writers Conference, Ghost Ridge, New Mexico
- Christian Writers Conference, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
- 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 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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