Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Benefits of Manuscript Contests
Every winner was there and went to the podium to accept the award, pausing to pose for a photo. Then, after all received there awards, there was a group photo.
I sat there thinking about how I missed this when Where Love Once Lived won first place in the Romance category in 2007. Did anyone wonder why I wasn't there? They mailed the certificate to me. I could have been there, but I was home in Georgetown preparing to leave the next day for a trip to China. Had I known I had won, I would have gone just for the luncheon and presentation.
I don't know how many people were there this year, but there had to be hundreds. Everyone I talked to was working on something, fiction or non-fiction, and all were encouraging and helpful.
I attended three breakout sessions, primarily of book marketing techniques:
• Why It's Never Too Early to Start Thinking About PR & Marketing
• Social Media: How to Make It Work for You--Rather Than You Working for It
• Book Promotion in the Digital Age: Dos and Don'ts From the Media
If you get a chance to go to a conference for writers, please do. If nothing else, you'll feel the positive vibes from the other attendees.
In addition to conferences, enter every writing contest you can. I learned more from some contest judges than I did from many others who have read my work.