I just returned from EpiCon which is the conference for electronic writers and readers. It was held in Virginia Beach VA in a hotel right on the ocean front. Beautiful place for a conference. Off season off course, it was cold and most of the stores and shops were closed. It didn’t matter though, because the first night there we went to dinner and immediately ran into one of my publishers. So besides a wonderful dinner of crab cakes, we had a delightful conversation.
The best part of any of these conferences is meeting old friends and making new ones. This one was no different. The members of Epic are a different breed than those in the mystery community–far more women. Most of them write some form of romance–everything from inspirational to every type of erotica.
Among the most valuable things I learned at the conference came from the publishers’ panel. Among their pet peeves are authors who bug them too much, those who aren’t willing to make changes asked for by the editor (though they did say authors should also stand up for themselves), those who are disrespectful, and puff themselves up too much. All the publishers expect authors to have a marketing plan.
Next up for me is giving a talk on promotion at the WOK (Writers of Kern) conference, this Saturday, March 17. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and it’s being held at the Best Western Motel on Buck Owens Highway in Bakersfield. The cost is $15 and I know they will accept walk-ins. In April, 19-22, is the Public Safety Writers Association Conference in Las Vegas. For more information, go to: http://www.policewriter.com This one is open to anyone writing about law enforcement or other public safety entities or people, either fiction or non-fiction. There is a terrific lineup of speakers for this one too.
Speaking of marketing plans, making appearances at writers’ and fan cons is part of my marketing plan.