Wow, how time flies. April isnít far off and itíll be the Las Vegas Writerís Conference timeagain. Since Iíve been going every year since 2005, this will be my 11thconference in a row. In a way, this is like my Christmas time of the year.Since writing is more of a passion Ė a calling for me rather than a hobby, justlike astronomy, I look at it the same way as my major star parties, where we goout to remote dark sites to observe the stars.
LEARNING THE CRAFT
There aremany reasons to attend a writerís conference. One of them is to learn thecraft. Our conference is made up of training sessions that go on Thursday,Friday and Saturday. Each session covers various subjects that deal withwriting, pitching, marketing, publishing, editing and everything you need tohone your skills. Folks, this is the meat of what you need to succeed at thispassion/hobby/business. These sessions are held by experts in the field. Thisis the time to get first-hand knowledge, ask questions and learn valuable stuffyou might never learn an easier way.
We meet atthe Samís Town Gambling Hall and Casino.
NETWORKING
Youíllnever find a more concentrated gathering of like-minded people plus experts inone area. You not only get to talk to other writers, you get to mingle withpublishers, agents, editors and marketers. Youíll hang out with them and picktheir brains. Youíll have meals with them, chat them up in the halls betweensessions, talk to them in the main room between events or just hang by thefront desk and grab whoever walks by. Folks, this is the golden opportunity.
PITCHING YOUR WORK
If you havesomething ready to pitch, or even if you just want to practice pitching, thisis the place for you. The event is set up so you can schedule pitch sessionswith the various agents and publishers. This is your chance to plug your storyand see if theyíre interested. Thereís nothing better than face-to-face with anagent rather than an anonymous letter or e-mail. Iíve had 100% success rategetting their attention. I obtained a step up over others in that these agentsand publishers had a familiar face to attach to my work. Ultimately, I also obtainedsuccess in finding my publisher at this event. At other conferences, often youhave to pay separately to pitch to an agent. Here, thatís all part of the fee.Also, because of the limited attendance, you almost always have the ability topitch to every agent you want to.
ITíS A GREAT THREE DAYS
We keephearing over and over that the Las Vegas Writerís Conference is one of the bestin the nation. Because itís smaller and more intimate, itís a more qualityevent. We attract a quality staff and quality people. It pays for what most getout of it and we get lots of repeat attendees. I highly recommend it.
You can check it out at: http://lasvegaswritersconference.com/
Hereís a link to two outstandingvideos on YouTube about our upcoming conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=338qAgBzg_s
Happy writing!