I totally missed Wednesday, so let's just pretend it's not Thursday, k? :)
But I think we're all having trouble posting this week apparently!
And if this never sends, it's because there's a crazy mad thunder storm outside, and I lost power.
I told someone earlier in the week I'd post this week on conferences! So here we go. Here's their comment -
Can we talk about conferences a little more? I'm getting ready to register for ACFW and I'm stressing a bit. How do you decide about appointments - should I meet with an editor? Or just an agent and a mentor? Also, can someone explain what a "one-sheet" is supposed to look like?
First of all - WOOHOO for going to a conference! You will so not be disappointed. I read a post from Chip MacGregor today (http://oregonchristianwriters.org/chip-macgregor-10-ways-to-prepare/) that was really encouraging and helpful for first time conference attendees. Y'all glean from that real quick after you finish here! :)
Secondly, ACFW is one of the best conferences you can attend, in every way. It has a little bit of everything (www.acfw.com) - networking opportunities, craft courses, amazing friendship building potential, heartfelt worship, a fancy gala award night, a bit of downtown for socializing, delicious food, and, of course, Starbucks in the hotel. That's a prerequisite for finding a hotel location. No, I'm not kidding. I know the coordinator. LOL.
Thirdly, don't stress. It's too fun at conference to be nervous or scared or stressed out :)
Fourthly (is that a word?) About appointments - if you're brand new to the industry and are pitching your first book, I wouldn't suggest meeting with an editor unless you are really confident your proposal is solid, and your writing is publication ready. That's sort of rare coming out of the gate, even if you've hired a freelance editor (though that definitely helps) I'm not saying DON'T meet with an editor, because its' great experience and they'll give you constructive advice whether they like your submission or not (and of course, it totally COULD be a gateway!) I'm just saying don't choose an editor appointment OVER an agent or mentor appointment if you have to make the choice. Because they'll be more beneficial to you at this stage. If you can finagle all 3, score! :)
As for one sheets, they need to represent your book in theme/mood with a quality photo, your author photo, your bio, and a brief summary (think query letter style) of your book. With, of course, a catchy hook or tag line at the top by your title :) There's a ton of samples out there on the internet if you just google.
If you have questions, let me know! :) I love conference chat!