It’s almost that time of year again when everyone is gearing up for the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference. And the speaker this year is Ted Dekker! This is one of my favorite conferences and I can’t wait to see many of you there.
Unfortunately, there are times as a writer when you are unable to attend a conference due to schedule or financial challenges. You may feel as if the writing community is moving on without you, but in truth it will still be there the next time you are able to go to a conference. There is no reason your writing should grow stagnant.
But what can you do to boost your career if you can’t attend a conference?
- Review what publishers and agents are looking for. Often conference websites will give information about editors and agents in regards to what they are looking to acquire. Take the time periodically to look up different conferences and peruse this information. The industry is constantly changing and this can give you a boost.
- Purchase the conference lecture CDs. Even if you can’t afford to go to a conference, select those courses you need the most and purchase the CDs. If possible purchase the package, but only if you are going to listen to them. These are only as good as your dedication to listening.
- Send cards to your network of friends. One of the benefits of writing conferences is the networking that occurs. Use this time of year as a reminder to send cards to friends in the writing industry. This allows you to make meaningful connections.
- Read conference reflection blogs. Many writers and agents blog about conferences after they have finished. Benefit from their knowledge by reading more blog posts than usual about writing craft and industry, especially from those you know attended the conference.
Are you attending ACFW this year? What tips can you give others about boosting their careers when they can’t attend?