In the past I’ve always attended a few writing conferences a year, and it was fun. I learned a little bit, met a few writing friends and made new ones, and attended many panels on the writing process, promotions, marketing, pitched, all the things that go with the job.
This year I didn’t plan well, and haven’t scheduled any. I will miss connecting with other writers, there is a certain comfort in meeting others who face the same challenges. They understand the writing world. It’s a close community, and going to a conference just for that is worth it.
That being said, there is also a need for face to face networking with readers. I think once you’re published there is a great need to find the conferences that are geared more to readers. I for one do not want to pitch to any editors or agents, but do want to connect with romance readers.
The wonderful part is that there are other authors who attend as well-it is after all a readers conference-authors have to be there as well.
The next step will be to research the romance reader conferences and plan for 2015. At the rate this year is flying it’ll be here before we know it.
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