(I’ve included this video for you to get a sense for the ACFW environment. Notice the clothing, book store, and conference room spaces. This video shows actual footage of conference moments.)
So, you’ve got all of the basic expenses budgeted for your conference and you’d like to know what extras might be worth budgeting money for.
Here are some recommendations:
*Often during the conference you are pulled away from workshops for appointments or didn’t get to everything that you really wanted to. To take the pressure out of your schedule, buy the conference CDs. It is a way to take all that learning home with you. Price $100.
*Thank you gifts for your critique buddies or others who have inspired your journey. Nothing hugely expensive, but from the heart. (Cost depends on you)
*A great resource to help you prepare for conferences. The Truth About Conferences: The My Book Therapy Guide To Having A Successful Conference. Download only $3.99.
*Writing Craft Books. Often there are writing craft books from excellent teachers in the conference bookstore. It isn’t always easy to know what books to buy online because there are so many. This narrows down those questions for you. If possible, budget an extra $50 for writing craft books.
*Extra Promotional materials. If you are a published author you may want to have additional promotional materials for your book that can be handed out, like bookmarks, postcards, etc. Unpublished authors may want to put a bit of money into marketing yourself as well.
*Book store mailing box to send home purchased books. $30
*Pitch and Polish Scrimmage prior to ACFW. It will teach you how to pitch your novel and give you help to create the best pitch possible.
*More copies of your one sheets.
*Extra image spending – manicure, wardrobe, hair styling, etc.
*At Overnight Prints they have these really cool half business cards. These could be something you share with friends and other writers. Price ranges from $6-20.
What other extra expenses do you recommend for a writing conference?