On Sunday, I had the opportunity to meet some incredibly talented people at the 2012 Missouri Writers Guild Conference. I was surprised and blessed by how open people were about their journey being a writer and the things that they had learned over Friday and Saturday at the conference.
The class itself, led by Christina Katz, was at the Doubletree Hotel (a very comfortable venue) and was a cozy group of 12, including Christina. This was a great workshop size for getting to discuss where everybody was at with their writing without the time just being overwhelming.
Christina was flexible enough to allow the class to take a free-form structure which allowed for more individualized attention and a Q&A.
We also did exercises on perspective (how we present ourselves versus how the public sees us), writing a bio, and establishing clarity for our platform — what we write, who we’re writing for, and establishing connections with other writers.
One of the awesome things I learned from Christina was to seize momentum — if you’re motivated to contact 2 agents, use that drive to contact 50. Feedback from agents, even the ones that reject you, are extremely helpful to learning what people liked about your writing.
As a pre-publication writer, it was exciting to hear the success stories of the other women in the workshop — one had even won a MWG contest that weekend.
So now I come to the point where I need to set concrete goals and use this momentum to establish and follow through with goals to enhance my writing career. What kinds of goals can I make?
For Marketing and Networking:
- Polish a professional writer’s bio and send it to Christina for a complimentary review/critique.
- Connect with all the workshop attendees and check out/subscribe to their websites or social media pages.
- Contact members of the #MNINB challenge about maybe doing guest posts.
For Writing and Publishing:
- Brush off a couple of novellas and consider finishing/revising for publication in an e-book format.
- Develop a stronger editorial calendar for my website here and deliver better content.
- Push through the muggy middles to finish my 1st draft of my WIP.
Thanks Christina Katz for signing my copy of Get Known Before The Book Deal!
You can learn more about Christina at her website: http://christinakatz.com/
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