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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Q is for Questions Asked by First Time Conference Attendees

Are you going to your first writer’s conference this year? Are you wondering how to get the most from your first time?

If your first time is a large regional conference, I recommend you focus on craft. The New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators Conference is designed to have something for all levels of experience.

For first-timers, there is a Friday afternoon workshop, Conference Orientation. This workshops is an excellent way to get a quick over view and great tips on making your first conference work for you.

Peer Critique Workshop will explain how to give and receive critiques. Other writers are some of the best sources for Learning from. Most have been exactly where you are, at the beginning of their writing journey. And remember, there is something to be learned from each person, even if you don’t agree with their style or comments. Dig deep and be objective. Take what you learn home and start your own critique group.

I hope you registered for Saturday’s Publishing Basics: The Myths and Realities. You’ll learn about the basics of manuscripts, researching and finding publishers, agents, how to handle rejection, and what to do when you sell your first book.

Sunday has a great workshop for beginning illustrators. The Illustrator’s Academy focus on revision in illustration.

Most of all, relax and smile. Say hello and introduce yourself. We’ve all been a beginner at something. Writing can be solitary but that doesn’t mean you are alone.

What tips and suggestions can you give first time Writer conference attendees?

1 comment:

  1. Relax. Don't worry about rubbing shoulders with that agent or editor. Try not to worry about that query and/or manuscript critique. Go in to learn and be inspired, not snag an agent or book deal.