Hi everyone. I’m back from an exciting writer’s conference in NYC. For those who missed previous posts about it, it was the Business of Getting Published conference held at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Times Square.
The conference was a whirlwind. I learned a lot, listened in on some really great sessions, and met a lot of great people.
Here are some highlights:
- Friday’s opening address by digital publishing futurist Mike Shatzkin was a great way to start the conference–he offered some inights and predictions about the sweeping changes that are occuring in the field. Check out his blog The Shatzkin Files
- Writer’s Digest’s own Brian Klems read an awesome poem at the first annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Slam held at NYC’s renowned Bowery Poetry Club–check out this video of the perfomance taken by author Christina Katz (who hosted a great session titled “Do You Have a Meaningful Marketing Platform?” at the conference)
- On Saturday I enjoyed the breakfast presentation about iPhone aps from author Al Katkowky who turned his book Question of the Day into an iPhone ap (currently one of the top 25 aps in the book category).
- Scott Sigler and Seth Harwood gave a great presentation on how they used free serial podcasts of their books to land deals with major publishers.
- Trust Agents author Chris Brogan‘s keynote address about platforms and social media really blew me away. He was really engaging and entertaining. His message: social media is only a tool, building relationships is what is important. He advised learning how to ask questions and listen to people, to turn the focus away from yourself and focus on helping others and in turn they will become interested in you, your ideas and ultimately your work. Really great stuff. Learn more about Chris Brogan here
- I enjoyed author Jennifer Gilmore‘s presentation on marketing and promotion for fiction writers, which presented ideas for using both social media as well as traditional methods for marketing your writing. Learn more about her here
- On Sunday, Write Like the Masters author William Cane had the audience laughing with his informative and highly entertaining breakfast lecture about how to promote yourself while making money as a speaker on the college lecture circuit. Learn more about William Cane
- And Bill O’Hanlon‘s sunday wrap up “Show Me The Energy”–a lecture on how to find and focus your energy to finish your writing projects and promote them– was a great sendoff. O’Hanlon is the author of Write is a Verb and several other books. Learn more about Bill O’Hanlon
I also had the chance to meet with writers about some of their projects during the critique sessions. One of my most interesting sessions was with Clarence Brown, Republican Representative from Ohio, son of newspaper publisher and Ohio Representative Clarence Brown Senior and father of the actor Clancy Brown(who starred in The Shawshank Redemption, is the voice of Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob Square Pants, and was the villain in The Highlander).
Clarence Brown is beginning work on a memoir spanning three generations about his family’s fascinating story.