Conference is over and “good-byes” are exchanged. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Good follow-up is important if you want to make the most of your time and money. The following tips are logical but can often be forgotten. So here are a few reminders.
1. Organize your handouts and conference notes. If your writing is like mine, you may need to transcribe the most valuable ones to the computer. We all live busy lives and the tendency is to just toss your conference bag with all the handouts and collected stuff into a closet or under the bed. All that you’ve learned is wasted unless put to good use.
2. Like any good guest, a thank-you note is welcome to the conference organizer, workshop leaders you particularly found useful, or anyone else who was especially helpful. Email notes are good—but hand-written is unusual and stands out.
3. Devote your next writers’ critique group to sharing what you’ve learned. Put new ideas into an action plan. Support each other in implementing plans for the writer-year ahead. Analyze upcoming conferences in light of your experience. Money and time can still be an issue.
4. Most importantly, follow up with the writing professionals you met. Send any requests for material exactly as requested. If you don’t already know the correct way to send material, check with Writer’s Market or other writers in your group.
5. When you have published work, consider being an exhibitor at the next conference. Series 5 gave tips for becoming a workshop leader. Speakers usually sell more books. Attendees feel like they know you and want to read your book.
My hope is that every writer reading these blogs will feel more confident and comfortable in exploring the many opportunities that a conference offers. These are only tips appropriate to a blog. In depth and detailed tips on these and many, many others are outlined in workbook format in my ebook: www.marilynhcollins.com/books/market-yourself-market-your-book.
Click a title for more tips on Making the Most of Writers' Conferences:
Part 1: Select the Conference Best Suited to You
Part 2: Spend Less Money at Conferences – and Still Have Fun!
Part 3: Maximize Face-Time with other writers/agents/publishers
Part 4: Create a Winning “Elevator Pitch” to Agents/Publishers
Part 5: Sell Yourself—Sell Your Book
Marilyn H. Collins—author, workshop leader, publisher, writing coach, editorial services www.marilynhcollins.com. Contact: www.marilynhcollins.com/contact.
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