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Boost Your Writing To A New Level

By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin

I'm heading to another conference this week and I'm looking
forward to it for a number of reasons. Our work in publishing as writers and
editors is isolated. Yes I work with my Morgan James Publishing
colleagues to get contracts, negotiate with agents and authors and
do book deals. I work for a New York publisher yet I live in Colorado. The bulk
of my work is done on the phone and email rather than face to face. It's the
same with my writing work. The work is often done on my computer or phone rather
than face to face. Yes there are some of these physical meetings but not
often. During each day, I set my own schedule for phone calls, meetings, and
many other tasks. Conferences are a chance to break the routine and do something

A conference is an opportunity for me to reconnect with old
friends. I've been traveling to some of these events for years and met
remarkable editors, writers and people in other roles in this business. Follow this
link to a list of various conferences
that I know firsthand and recommend. 

Conferences are a chance to catch up on what they are doing—even if it is only
for a few minutes. Also at these events, I meet new writers and editors,
exchange business cards with them. From my experience, a lot of the people who
attend these conferences are coming for their first event. I know some of
these new relationships will grow to be significant in my own future work. Why?
Because I've seen this type of connection over and over in my past

While I read trade magazines and online newsletters and other
tools to keep up on publishing, conferences give me the chance to learn about
other changes in the business (maybe something that hasn't been in a
publication) or listen to others about what they need for their publication or
are looking for. These conversations move the information beyond something from
print to something practical that I could possibly do. There is a lot of this
type of give and take during a conference whether at a meal or late at night in
a hotel lobby or any number of other locations.

Also these conferences give me a chance to give back to others
and to teach. I'm teaching a couple of workshops at the conference this coming
week. I've prepared my handouts and resources for this class and believe it will
help the writing life of those in my workshop—provided they show up and take
action on the different resources I will be giving them.

Another reason I love these conferences is I meet people who are
looking for a publisher. I'm going to be having a number of one-on-one meetings
throughout the conference with writers. I will be able to listen to their
pitches and look at their work plus give them some of the distinctions about Morgan James
. I've met a number of people at these events that I've been able
to help them get their work into print—from our exchanges are the

I understand there are challenges for every writer to get to one
of these events—whether they are large events or small events. They have
challenges in terms of:

* cost. Each of these events have a financial
cost for the conference fee, the hotel, transportation, the meals, etc.

* time. These conferences take you away from
your current work and things pile up while on the road. Some of these events are
long and others are short but they still consume time.

* effort. Some people have to arrange childcare
or petcare or other details to be able to get free and go to these

From my experience of going to events and conferences for years,
I know they are worth any effort to overcome the challenges. It is important to
show up, learn then apply the information you gain into your writing life.  I
know these events will boost your writing to a new level.

What do you get from going to a conference? How has it boosted
your writing? Let me know in the comments below.


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