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Writing Wednesday

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey from writing to publication, marketing and writing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us in the comment section.

 

Preparing for a Writers Conference

As writers one of the best investments we can make in our business/career is to attend as many conferences and workshops as we can afford. To get the most out of our investment we need to be prepared.

Have you followed all of the presenters, agents, the event itself and other attendees on social media? Learn as much as you can about each of them. You might be able to pick up a conversation starter that can break the ice. They might even remember something witty that you tweeted.

Bring plenty of business cards, pens and a notebook. When someone hands you a business card jot a note on the back of it, something to help you remember who the person was.  Do not bring written pitches to hand out.

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Prepare your pitch. Can you describe your manuscript in two to three sentences? Describe yourself and your book in ninety-seconds? This is the single most important thing you can do for yourself. Prepare that pitch and practice, practice, practice.

Dress appropriately. Agents and editors are professionals and they are looking for professional writers. You don’t have to suit up but I would say wear your best business casual.

Workshops Kara and Emily

Don’t monopolize an agents time. Everyone is there to meet them. They will not remember you favorably if you are a conversation hog. They want to meet everyone. Keep the ninety-second rule in mind and practice!

No matter where you are in your writing process there is always something to learn. Take the time to listen.

Relax, smile, socialize, make new writer friends and have fun!

Quote writer quote about haters

Who is going to the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference?

http://pwcwriters.org/why-the-philadelphia-writers-conference/2015-workshops-and-events/

I hope to see you there!

Happy Writing,

Doreen

The Stranger in My Recliner has a cover. It’s almost a real book!

Sophie Book Cover

 

 

 

Writing Wednesday/ Lets Get Credible

 

Writing Wednesday

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On Wednesdays I like to share information I picked up along my journey to being published, marketing my first book, editing and preparing to be published again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then…

If you like the information I hope you will share it!

 

Establishing Writer Credibility

Not unlike other professions, building credibility as a writer/blogger/author can be a long and confusing process. Everyone wants to know what you have published and where. Before I actually got paid to write I did a lot of writing for free. Some of that free ‘stuff,’ I look back on now and want to cover my face in embarrassment because some of it is just plain awful.

If you want to build a successful career in the writing/publishing industry and get paid for your work, the first thing you need to do is assure your customers, editors or publisher that you are an established and respected professional.

To improve your work and gain credibility you need to write everything you write like a professional. That includes facebook posts, e-mails, tweets, blog posts, text messages, etc…

Publishers, editors and agents want the writers/authors they work with to be credible and to have a national platform. Your blog can be an effective part of your national platform if you have attracted engaged national readers.

How do you attract those readers so you can engage them so you can gain credibility?

It really isn’t about the numbers.

There are some companies out there that will promise you thousands of followers, page impressions, unique visitors and so on and so on but the fact is once YOU write outstanding content and YOU build a relationship with your readers the numbers will follow.

Quotes Goals change the plan not the goal

A few ideas:

  • Write witty opinion pieces or letters to the editor of your local newspapers. Once they print it or post it on their website, you are published.

 

  • Read and leave meaningful comments on blogs.

 

  • Engage in virtual conversations on large websites such as the Huffington Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and your areas largest newspapers and magazines.

 

  •  A bit of advice would be to think about and edit your comments to be more intellectual than emotional. Try to keep your responses positive.

It is important to talk to people you disagree with

 

  • Maintain consistency. Post good content on a consistent schedule. (I need to follow my own advice.)

 

 

  • There are a lot of bloggers out there looking for guest posts. Write for them.

 

  • When you write know your facts and back them up with sources if needed.

 

  • We all have our political opinions. Most of us are passionate about those opinions. It is a good idea if you are trying to build credibility to fact check anything political before you share.

 

  • Read more than the catchy headline before you share anything. It is crucial that your readers trust you.

 

  • Get out and meet people in real life. Join or start a writing group. Look for networking opportunities. Hand out business cards with your blog/website address.

 

  • Edit every single thing you write. Read it out loud. (I am still working on this one.)

 

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This Months Press Club Workshop/via Hellenic News of America

Marketing a business today can be confusing with so many choices, in advertising, blogging, social media and websites. The Press Club Serving The Delaware County Suburbs is hosting a series of Professional Development Workshops, “How to get the Media to Notice Your Business, Product, Nonprofit, Book or Event.” The workshops, open to the public, are held 9 am to 12 noon on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) on the spacious Open Connections Campus, 1616 Delchester Rd., Newtown Square. October’s class is on “Styling or Re-styling You and Your Business and How to Network Effectively.” Having the best look for a person and a business can boost confidence and self esteem. Kara Speckhals, a professional stylist with degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art and Design will be one of the presenters. Speckhals works with photographers, models, corporate clients and personal clients. She is known for infusing confidence in her customers’ wardrobes and bringing precision to every set. Kevin Bruton of the “Purple Picnic People” will also be one of the presenters. He will draw upon a rich tradition of quality catering spanning more than 28 years to discuss planning and networking at corporate, business and non-profit events. Rounding out the presenters Oct. 25 will be Bo Sanders who previously led the United Way’s annual campaign and guided the organization’s fundraising efforts. He was the assistant executive director for the Blue White Scholarship Foundation and held a leadership position in government and community affairs at Comcast Cable. Sanders is currently writing a memoir and will share his experience and tips with attendees. For thirty-five-years the Press Club of Delaware County has hosted hundreds of informative and entertaining luncheon events as well as dozens of professional development seminars for members and the community. Future workshops will be facilitated by top professionals in their fields, including Susan Tabor-Kleinman (Your Professional Writer,) Charlie Tomlinson (Custom Communications), Jim De Lorenzo (JHD Enterprises), Grant Gegwich (Crozer Keystone Health System, Director of Communications), Susan Barnett (five-years as anchor at KYW-News,) Jim Donovan (CBS3 Consumer Reporter), Peg DeGrassa (Delco News Network editor), Annmarie Kelly (Happy Hour Radio Show Host) and many more. Everyone is invited to dust off their business cards and notebooks and join The Press Club for these inexpensive, informative and fun classes. For more information visit, http://www.thepressclubpa.org For information on sponsoring, presenting or volunteering, e-mail Doreen McGettigan at doreenb8@verizon.net/.

Workshop Photo                                                Cindy Falteich, Bo Sanders, Doreen McGettigan

 

Writing Wednesday/Writer’s Conferences…

 

Writing Wednesday

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On Wednesdays I like to share information I picked up on my journey to being published, marketing my first book, editing and preparing to be published again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then…

If you like the information I hope you will share it!

Writer’s Conferences

For someone who spends most of their life surrounded by four walls either in front of a computer screen or with their head buried in one book after another, venturing outside of those cozy, boxy walls can be frightening. The thought of leaving our comfort zones to attend a writer’s conference in person with other actual human beings can be as uncomfortable as fingernails on a chalkboard.

Just registering to attend a writer’s conference can be expensive. When you add on classes or workshops, dinner events, travel expenses, hotels and meals the costs can quickly make attending a financial struggle.

Are these conferences worth attending?

My opinion is yes, absolutely.

If you have chosen or you are considering choosing writing as a career, writing is your business. For any type of business to be successful there must be investments made in that business.

Reasons to attend:

  • You will get first hand information from publishers, editors and agents that you will be able to use immediately to further your writing career.
  • To learn the latest publishing trends and other information about the business side of writing and publishing.
  • The opportunity to meet with and pitch literary agents in person, they attend conferences looking for talent.
  • A chance to network with other writers some will be ahead of you in their careers and some will be behind you.
  • Learn about freelance opportunities.
  • Be inspired by your peers, the presenters and the speakers.
  • Social media is a good tool for writers but face to face communication with other writers, people who ‘get’ you is priceless.
  • Because we writers spend so much time alone the face to face communication with like minded souls at a conference is priceless.
  • The thought of attending can be intimidating especially if you are shy but if you can push yourself out of your comfort zone for just a few days you will make valuable contacts, gain experience, acquire knowledge and make lifelong friends.

*If you are not going to make the effort to speak to and get to know people, to put yourself out there and network then I wouldn’t spend the money to attend.*

To prepare for a conference you should have plenty of business cards made. Postcards are also good handouts and great for promoting your blog. If you have a finished manuscript, make several copies of the manuscript, several copies of your query and several of your proposal. You never know who you may run in to, in the hall. You should also practice your elevator speech, three sentences on what your book is about, a beginning middle and an end because you never know who may be riding the elevator with you. Dress comfortably but professionally.

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Before you attend look up and learn as much as you can about the facilitators of any workshops or break-out sessions you are planning to attend. Write down any questions you have for them. Look up any agents, who will be attending, learn what genres they represent, a bit about their agency and who they represent. Check to see if any of your social media or blog friends are attending and make plans to meet-up with them.

Find out if the conference is holding any contests. These are usually planned well in advance, so check early and enter!

If you feel like you are too shy to get anything out of the conference take a friend with you.

If the cost is just too prohibitive for you to attend a big conference look into writing workshops being held in your area. Check your local universities or community colleges they often offer community learning opportunities that are affordable.

If you happen to live in the Philadelphia, South Jersey or Delaware area the Press Club of Pa. is offering a series of workshops for writers. The cost is only $25.00. There is more information on these workshops at the end of this post.

A List of some Writers Conferences:

https://www.awpwriter.org

https://sfwriters.org/2015

www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc

writersconference.com

www.unicornwritersconference.com

www.mounthermon.org/event/361

caldreaminwritersconf.org

lasvegaswritersconference.com

www.svwc.com/uncategorized/dates-for-svwc-2015

nonfictionwritersconference.com/2015-nonfiction-writersconference

newyorkpitchconference.com

writersdigestconference.com

www.sbwriters.com

pwcwriters.org

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The Press Club of Pa. Workshops are being held the 4th Saturday of every month from 9a.m-12p.m at the beautiful Open Connections Campus in Newtown Square, Pa.For more information/registration http://www.thepressclubpa.orgOctober 25, 2014 Workshop 2: Style/Restyle Your Business/ Branding
  1. Look good, feel good
  2. How to interact at networking events
  3. Building confidence/ self esteem
  4. The best look for your business from store windows, social media, advertising, letterhead, employees and you…

After the workshop a fashion show on business wear and accessories for men and women. A business accessory fashion show, brief cases, laptop bags, letterhead, business cards, promotional products and more. Networking with stylists, printers and Club Representatives.

November 22, 2014 Workshop 3: How to Get Your Business, Book, Product, Service, Event or Non-Profit in the News, Part 1    

  1. Become an expert in your field
  2. Write a pitch
  3. Pitch the right person
  4. What to do when you get the call from a producer

Networking with media professionals, producers, editors and Press Club Representatives.

January 24, 2015 Workshop 4: Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations

  1. What is the difference among the three and how to make them work together for your business, product, service, book, non-profit and more.
  2. How to write an advertising plan
  3. How to write a PR plan
  4. Types of advertising: print, radio, TV, internet, social media

Networking after the workshop with Marketing, Advertising and P.R. Professionals and Press Club Representatives. February 28, 2015 Workshop 5: How the News Works

  1. The state of Journalism today
  2. How to recognize News vs. Opinion
  3. Processing the News
  4. Entertainment/Tabloid/ Shock and why it sells
  5. The Internet, Social Media, Cable TV and how they have changed the news

After the workshop questions and answers with a panel of journalists, TV news, radio and Press Club Representatives. March 28, 2015 Workshop 6: Part 2 of Get your business etc…in the news. Come on back and practice your Polished Pitch to Radio, Newspaper, T.V, and Magazine

  1. Quick refresher
  2. Have your pitch critiqued by professionals
  3. Prizes for different categories? Best dressed, best pitch, best presentation and more.

After the workshop networking with the professionals and Press Club Representatives.

April 25, 2015 Workshop 5: Writing Workshops

  1. Writing process, genres, your audience
  2. Editing, critique partners, writing groups
  3. Creating a platform/niche/ building a tribe
  4. Publishing today
  5. How and when to submit your manuscript
  6. Memoir writing; record your history

After the workshop: questions and answers with a panel of published authors, Press Club Representatives, Publishing Professionals, Editors and more…

May 23, 2015 Workshop 8: Book Fair – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm a whole day event!

  1. Author panels/ presentations with local authors
  2. Library Presentation
  3. Book store presentations
  4. Local Book Clubs
  5. Author Readings and Panel

Writer’s Conferences and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group…

 

Like most writers I can feel stressed out, from time to time, luckily for me, I have my friends at the Insecure Writers Support Group. #IWSG

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on or you have some great advice you would like to share, no matter where you are in your writing journey, you are welcome to join us.

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                              http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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