Best-selling author, keynote speaker
Click here to read about Maria’s books


Should you attend a writers conference?

Posted by Maria Murnane | July 2, 2013

No matter where you are in the process of becoming an author, attending a writers conference can be a valuable experience.

If you’ve completed your manuscript or book proposal, you can:

  • Get sections critiqued from agents, editors, and other attendees
  • Learn from industry professionals (in a session) or your author peers about the best ways to market it
  • Pitch it to a literary agent or an acquisitions editor from a publishing house

If you are working on a manuscript or book proposal, you can:

  • Get advice on editing, book design, and publishing
  • Run the idea by publishing professionals to get thoughts on the book’s sales potential
  • Get sections critiqued from agents, editors, and other attendees
  • Learn what goes into a compelling book description (aka “hook”)

If you haven’t written a single word, you can:

  • Listen to and learn from the writing and publishing experiences of other authors
  • Attend sessions on how to tell a story, craft believable dialogue, or otherwise create quality content
  • Find out what agents and editors are looking for

I think all aspiring authors should attend at least one writers conference

To find a writers conference near you, just do a simple Google search. Some conferences are quite expensive, but others cost less than $100 and are packed with useful sessions. Personally, I think it’s a smart idea for any aspiring author to attend at least one. Not only is it a great chance to meet people who are in the same boat, it also enables you to see what you’re up against. Watching the “pitch an agent/editor” line snake around the block is a wake-up call for anyone, no matter which publishing route you pursue. With hundreds of thousands of books being released every year, you’ll need to find a way to make yours stand out. Authors who take action to improve their books and learn how to succeed in the publishing industry will have an edge over the competition.


This blog post originally appeared on Reprinted with permission. © 2013 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.



One Response to “Should you attend a writers conference?”

Leave a Reply



Sign up for Maria's newsletter!

We won't share your information- ever!