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~EDITOR’S THOUGHTS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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I’ve attended many conferences, as attendee and presenter. My
favorites were smaller in attendance. Recently I’ve attended
several small conferences and events. I just got back from
The Business of Writing Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded
by Larry and Peggy DeKay, the event hones in on business aspects
of writing, not the how-to-write stuff. (Check out Peggy DeKay’s

In The Shy Writer Reborn, I counsel writers on identifying what
size and manner of event suits their personalities. My personal
preference is the under-100 level. Get much larger and you struggle
to make a connection with the audience.

As an instructor, I’m competing with much bigger names, which means
I don’t get to connect with as many writers. I network with way
more people at an under-100 conference than one with 200 to 400
attendees, where everyone is busy running here and there, fighting
to hear the best speakers, pitch a book, ask a burning question.
The exchange between speaker and attendee is diluted. I’d prefer
to leave a conference remembering the attendees, not a sea of faces.

At a smaller conference, I can afford to delve into deeper
conversation and come to know people, instructors and attendees
alike. For instance, in Kentucky, I came to know:

1) Victorine Liese – A New York Times Bestselling novelist who
achieved her status with a self-published book. She spoke about
how to take your self-publishing to a new level.

2) Michelle Hummel – A social media expert who analyzed my web
site and participation on social media and gave me great advice.

3) Daniel J. Lewis – An award-winning podcaster who has convinced
me that podcasting is a ball and a new tool I need to add to
my reportoire. He made me realize I was already equipped to

4) Sheri L. Wright – A Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate
nominee and the author of six books of poetry who also had a
great active Kickstarter project I donated to.

5) Amy Collins – A huge book marketer and distributor who threw
so much material at me in forty minutes I got writer’s cramp.
Here was a person who knew how to get good self-published books
into the stores.

I was able to chat with these people at my leisure over two days
when they or I weren’t speaking, an impossibility at a larger

New writers should strongly consider dipping their toes into
conferences with a small one, where you can readily ask questions
and learn at a slower pace. More seasoned writers can make a
deeper impact. But shy writers can take their time, feel less
intimidated, and absorb material at a small conference, where
everyone knows everyone before the day is done.




1 Comment

by | August 26, 2013 · 4:05 pm

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  1. Hope Clark is a writer/publisher/speaker whose name I submitted as a possible presenter for one of our annual conferences. This article appeared in her most recent newsletter, and I think it will be of interest to our group. Joan

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