As you all know by now, yesterday I was at the Write.Market.Publish.Sell! Writer’s Conference. I learned so much that my head was swirling with information overall but I had a blast learning and getting new ideas for how to work and improve my writing. While there are things that I already knew and was reassured that I was on the right path with it, there were some things that I never knew before and that is also great also.
There are so much that we as writers need to know and keep an eye and ear to even when we are working steadily on our current projects. That is the greatest part of going to conferences is that you learn so much and you get to talk to other writers published and aspiring as well. If I haven’t said it before, I will say it now, there is a lot going on in the writing world that some times it can be overwhelming. But that is also part of what comes along when you think about the tech world and the changes that occur all the time with new technologies and devices that come to play. Getting back to be overwhelming as a new writer and that is one reason why you need to take it in on your own pace. While at the same time you need to find some one that can help steer in the right direction and help you understand what is currently going on.
One of the biggest take away that I gained from the conference is that we need to help each other and not try to destroy each other. As indie writers, we are a larger community than the community that the traditional publishers are looking for. Let’s put it this way the traditional publishing world has not changed or grown, while the world of self-publishing has grown by at least 250% in the last few years. Yes, there are stigmas that come with self-publishing but if we can put out great products (books and swag) then we can just be as successful as the traditional publishers. Granted, self-publishing companies are going out of business all the time due to not having the right resources or guidance on how to do things. However, if we can overcome these hurtles then we can succeed for years to come. I will also say that at the same that self-publishing companies are going out of business, traditional publishers are also laying off good people that can do wonders for the publishing world and they are being picked up by the hybrid publishing companies or even the vanity presses.
Granted, there is good to bad to each of these options but it is part of our community and the world of writing and we have to embrace them rather than fight them for there are companies out there that want to help writers. We just have to decided how are we going to go down the path that is right for us. Does this mean that I’m giving up Faerie Rose Press or Elderwood Publications? No. Not in the least. I have some more things to think about but that is what happens after going to a conference. Is that you learn, and adapt, just like anything other information that you receive.
Just keep in mind when we receive information, we take it in, we think about, then we process it and go worth and produce what we can from that information. This is one of the reasons why I love conferences for you get new ideas and help when you get stuck on an idea. I hope that is what you do with the information that I share with all of you.