Thursday, April 07, 2011

Festivals

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers. Today it’s festivals.

Writers will think book festivals first. (There are also writer’s conferences.) Both are excellent places to network and learn about the industry and craft of writing.

Go prepared. Take business cards and a notebook. Attend as many of the sessions, talks, and panels as possible. Network at every opportunity. Talk to successful authors and industry experts. This is your chance to learn and make connections. (Meeting publishers and agents in person can mean the difference between a solicited and unsolicited query, too.)

Authors need to think beyond book festivals, though. If you want to sell books, where will you be in front of your target audience? Art fairs? Regional festivals? Trade shows? Celebrations? Expos? Business conventions? Farmer’s markets? (Really!) Check local listing and online for events you can attend.

Where are you going next?

14 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I love festivals there is going to be one in Ireland in September but alas I can't attend as I am going away again in May/June.

Enjoyed your F word well written as always.
Yvonne.

Karen Walker said...

Once again, sage advice, Diane.
Karen

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, great food for thought! I don't have means to get to actual conferences, but there are lots of local events, some of them book related!

Sangu said...

I've always wanted to go to a festival/conference/expo. But they're so expensive to get to if you don't live close by - I just haven't managed it yet!

Cherie Reich said...

Great post! I never thought about the farmer's market, though. Hmm....

Lynette said...

going to a motorcycle festival this weekend......wheeeeee

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you Yvonne and Karen.

Hart, bet there's lots in your area, and Detroit is right up the road.

Sangu, that's why you have to weight the cost.

Lynette, that sounds like fun.

Lynn said...

I am attending a local Writer's Guild event this weekend, and even having a one-on-one critique with a published author. I've been reluctant to attend an up-coming publishers conference because I don't feel like I am 'there' yet, but may now re-consider!

L'Aussie said...

We have several excellent writer's festivals/conferences in and around Australia (one super excellent one in Bali). They are very well attended so plenty of writers are out there networking etc. Great post.

Denise<3

Thanks for travelling to Finland with me.

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Jemi Fraser said...

I would have never thought of festivals! Great tip :)

Kari Marie said...

I've always wanted to go to a conference. Hadn't thought about local festivals though. Nice idea.

Raising Marshmallows said...

I'm attending the SCBWI summer conference, and my business cards are going to get a face lift before I go. Get tips!

Nikki

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Thanks for the tips. I have a new novel coming out in May. I can see I have my work cut out for me. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Enjoyed your post. I think it would be fun to find some local writers at the Farmer's Market.
: )