Welcome to part 2 of the Mississippi River Writers Conference that was held at Freeport Public Library on Saturday, October 3, 2015. If you missed the first part, read it first here: Conference, pt. 1 More writing business tips are ahead.
During Small Group Sharing Time, the writers were able to share work that they brought for critique. Pat McClellan who wrote a book for her grandson said, “I’m writing in my father’s name. He couldn’t read or write.”
If you’ve never shared your creative work with other writers for critique, it’s unlikely that you’ll be publicly flogged. We understand the process. Writers read a lot and know how a good story should sound.
Cathy Krentz commented about her work-in-progress story, “It’s a gripping story because it’s true.” You’ll know when you have written something really good when you feel excited while writing and reading it back to yourself.
Are you a cat lover? Published author, Kay A. Clark, brought her book Sebastian and Me which can be found on Amazon. From the description: “This is a collection of true, heartwarming stories of unconditional love, loss, the strength of the human spirit and the bond formed between a cat and its owner.”
Next the conference’s sponsor, Kim McIver of McIver Publishing gave a presentation, “Moving Your Books.” How to do that is a crucial aspect if you want people besides your friends and family members to read your published book. Even more so if you want to earn income from your book.
Kim said, “Create a topic relevant to readers.” She explained that an author is a brand and that agents and publishers are looking for a built-in platform such as a following on social media.
Kim suggested places we might not normally think of as places where books can be offered for sale. “Hospitals or churches might carry your books. Gift shops and museum book stores will carry them if the subject fits in.”
After the last break of the conference, speakers Fred Waiss, Don Harstad, and Kim McIver were available for a Q & A session.
Closing out the conference, a fun and exciting moment was the announcement of the winner of the short story contest that the attendant writers submitted prior to the conference.
Attending the Mississippi Rivers Writers Conference was a great first time for me, personally. If you love to write and want to put your work out there, it helps to talk to people who know how to go about it.
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If you need help with fiction or nonfiction writing projects, message me on my writing services page: Larita Hawkins Writing Services