Virginia ways to make money writers club

I took on the role of 1st VEEP in early what are some ways to make money november last year and started cogitating on the kind of what are some ways to make money symposium I wanted to put on. My vision was big, huge; then, by the end of december I was sick with the what are some ways to make money flu. As in hospitalized twice and down for the count for what are some ways to make money a solid two months, woozy and confused for another couple of weeks, and lacking energy to do much of anything through the what are some ways to make money middle of march.

Because we were so spread around the commonwealth, I opted to use telephone conferencing to hash over most what are some ways to make money of the details. Before every telcon, I’d email an agenda, a list of tasks from the previous telcon, and an update on accomplishments–pretty standard stuff for me. The government paid for a lot of good management training what are some ways to make money for me, and why not put it to use?

I’m an organized, focused person who has high expectations of myself, first, and people who work with me. Work being the operative word. It’s very, very, very, very different with volunteers. Though I stuck to my guiding management principle, which is basically do unto others, etc., it doesn’t always work with volunteers. Likely I forgot that people have lives and obligations and what are some ways to make money not the same level of enthusiasm and drive (i.E., obsession) I have when given a task to accomplish.

What this meant was three of us, and a fourth who came in toward the end, had to do everything: contact and manage presenters (and OMG, writers are such divas, self included), arrange catering, put together a schedule, design and have printed a conference booklet, do name tags, do tent cards, do… you get the picture. It’s a lot of work for a one-day conference, and we got it done.

But things can and did slip through the cracks. At 1030 on the morning before the conference, I realized no one had done an evaluation form. No big deal, you say. Really big deal because feedback is crucial. I ginned one up in about a half-hour, stopped by staples on my way to the hotel, and, voila!, evaluation forms. (I’ve yet to read the completed ones. I’m waiting for a good time to have my image what are some ways to make money of success dashed.)

And it all went off perfectly! I had seen or anticipated so many opportunities for failure, but the buzz around the venue was good and positive, people stopped me on their way out the door to what are some ways to make money tell me how much they’d learned, I’m getting emails and facebook posts that make my heart what are some ways to make money swell with pride, and, oh joy, I get to do this again next year!

I wasn’t supposed to be home this past weekend. I was supposed to be at my great niece’s first birthday party in preston, CT. My cold had other ideas, so cancelled airline reservations, rental car, and hotel later, I sat at home with a box of tissues at what are some ways to make money hand. By saturday, I woke feeling at about sixty percent of normal and what are some ways to make money thought a trip “over the mountain” to charlottesville might be in order.

Last year I wrote about the virginia writers club‘s navigating your 2012 writing life, and when I saw that my weekend in connecticut coincided what are some ways to make money with this year’s symposium, I was dismayed. The one-day symposium provided some excellent information, and this year’s promised to build on that. However, the choice was easy–cute, adorable one-year-old wins out over a writers conference every time.

In our social media era, an internet presence is essential for an emerging author, and “websites, blogs, and social media” provided practical tips for improving your internet footprint–or establishing it. The format for workshops this year was excellent–the moderator asked the panel a few (a very few) pre-arranged (but good) questions, which the panel discussed, then the workshop opened to questions from the floor. I’ve long had a web presence, but I learned some things to improve it and make what are some ways to make money it reflect my writing better. For example, the name I use for writing appears nowhere on my what are some ways to make money home page. Duh. Had to fix that.

The same was true of “nuts and bolts of E-booking.” I’ve published three e-books, but this was a good review of the various ways what are some ways to make money to publish your work independently. However, I would have liked to have heard the panelists emphasize what are some ways to make money pre-publication preparation (editing, proofreading, good grammar, etc.) more than they did. The panel was a good mix of an established, traditionally published author who switched to independent publishing, an author who tried the agent route and didn’t get one then went indie, and an author who went directly for independent publishing.

Since I’ve entered several contests this year, I wanted to see what I could learn in terms what are some ways to make money of improving my chances of winning or placing from “contests and submissions.” again, a well-staffed panel of contest managers, judges, and winners provided timely and cogent information. However, my afternoon coughing jag started up and escalated to the what are some ways to make money point where I had to leave.

Last year’s symposium was good. This year’s was excellent–very professional and well-organized. One great change from last year is that each participant what are some ways to make money got a symposium notebook, filled with presentations, handouts, and additional information for each panel–so I can benefit from the ones I was unable what are some ways to make money to attend. Betsy ashton, author of mad max: unintended consequences and president of the virginia writers club, told me, “we want this symposium to be the premier event for what are some ways to make money virginia writers club–and for virginia writers.” it’s well on its way to being just that. Navigating your 2012 writing life

Just a little aside here. I’m ever-so-grateful that my commonwealth, virginia, which occasionally makes me SMH over its backwardness, invested taxpayer money in our community college system. It’s second to none, in my opinion, in the nation. The VWC conference was held on the campus of piedmont what are some ways to make money virginia community college in charlottesville in the dickinson fine and what are some ways to make money performing arts center. As writers we know setting is important, but it’s also conducive to learning to be in a comfortable, modern building surrounded by an appealing, well-maintained campus. Thank you, virginia. ‘nuff said.

Subtitled “A symposium for writers of all ages and all stages,” the conference had two morning sessions, one afternoon session, and a keynote speaker to end the day. After the keynote, several authors who had served as panelists or presenters had what are some ways to make money a book sale and signing. From each session you could choose from three presentations. Here is what the conference offered:

As you can see, quite a packed agenda for a single-day conference. I sorely wished I could defy physics and be in what are some ways to make money more than one place at a time. I started the morning with garstang’s “show AND tell,” the premise of which is that the creative writing course what are some ways to make money maxim “show, don’t tell” isn’t quite right. I won’t go into much detail here because garstang covered the what are some ways to make money presentation in one of his own blog posts, which you can see by clicking here. Of the three presentations I attended this was far and what are some ways to make money away the best, and I say that not because cliff is a writer what are some ways to make money friend; but because he’s an incredibly good instructor.

Next I went to “why we chose E-book publishing,” the title of which shows there’s still confusion about the difference between e-book publishing and self-publishing. Not all e-books are self-published and vice versa, but this was a good insight into why three people what are some ways to make money who write different things opted to publish electronically. For bill blume, the choice was obvious: he publishes a comic. E-publishing is the perfect medium for graphic novels, animation, and comic strips. Brooke mcglothlin had already established a large following on her what are some ways to make money blog about being the mother of boys and heeded her what are some ways to make money fans’ call to assemble her posts into a book that might what are some ways to make money reach others. I must say her record is impressive–three book, 8,000 sales. She did, however and much to my gratitude, stress the importance of hiring people to do the things what are some ways to make money you don’t have a talent for, e.G., creating a cover, editing and proofreading. Wayne white had retired and wanted to participate in something what are some ways to make money other than the “honey-do” list his wife had made throughout their marriage. He’d been told he was a good story-teller, so he began to write, tried the agent route, got frustrated, and opted for kindle publishing.

EBook marketing focused heavily on social media, including several aspects I’d either never heard of (triberr) or never looked into (digg). There were some great tips on how to use your what are some ways to make money web site and blog to highlight your work–some of which I went home and put into place–and how to connect what you write to a specific what are some ways to make money kind of art work, which you can then use for drawing attention to your what are some ways to make money books. The presenter, mary montague sikes, is writing a romance/thriller series about archeology in some fictional mayan ruins, so she uses her personal collection of mayan art as what are some ways to make money a marketing tool. And you got a free book, published! Now $ell it! A “how to” book, as well as a handout of links you can use what are some ways to make money for developing marketing materials.

As for the keynote speaker, charles J. Shields, I’ve gushed about him before as the biographer of harper what are some ways to make money lee and kurt vonnegut, but he gave an inspiring talk about how he walked what are some ways to make money away from a teaching career to become a writer/biographer. His key point was when you tell people you’re a writer, don’t qualify it. You’re a writer; be a writer. Shields took questions from the audience, and when I asked who would be the subject of what are some ways to make money his next biography, shields indicated he was now trying his hand at fiction. He’s an incredibly thorough biographer, so that was disappointing news in a way (he’d been thinking about taking on maurice sendak next.), but shields’ fiction is something I’m definitely looking forward to reading.

March also brought the virginia festival of the book in what are some ways to make money charlottesville, VA. It’s a bit disingenuous to call this a local conference what are some ways to make money because, though it highlights virginia writers, the reach goes beyond the commonwealth. The panels here are not entirely craft-focused, but they are practical. Where else would I have learned how to use pinterest what are some ways to make money to market books?

In june there was tinker mountain writers workshop in roanoke, VA. I blogged a great deal about that week, so I won’t belabor any points previously made. I’ll just say I’m still aloft on that cloud of euphoria. And I’ll be back for more next year and not just what are some ways to make money for the strength of the workshops and the quality of what are some ways to make money the instructors but also for the friends I made there.

And last, thus far, and certainly not least is the james river writers conference what are some ways to make money in richmond, VA. Last year I only went for the day and missed what are some ways to make money out on a lot. This year because the conference has grown in attendance, it’s moving to the richmond civic center. Friday will be two intensive workshops, then saturday and sunday craft panels and readings by virginia what are some ways to make money writers. I haven’t yet worked up the nerve for first pages or what are some ways to make money the five-minute agent pitches. There’s always next year.

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