A Thankful Writer: Face-to-Face Writing Advice


By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork

What are some things as a reader and/or writer that make you thankful? Everyone is different, but there are five face-to-face things that I enjoy and find helpful. I’m a thankful writer because of the following:


1. Writer’s Club Meetings

      • Author Guest Speakers: Discuss their novels, book signings, and offer useful advice.
      • Writing Tips: Are given by the guest speakers and club members (such as marketing ideas, grammar assistance, and writing prompts).
      • Networking with Writers: Where meeting new people is fun. You never know what you can learn from them.
      • Example: Atlanta Writer Club (AWC).

2. Writer’s Conferences

      • Agents and Publishing Editors’ Advice: Whether you decide to self publish or go the traditional route, these guys offer the best recommendations. You can face-to-face pitch them your book, too.
      • Market Trends: For instance, did you know that minorities are now the majority born children in the US? Book diversity is in high demand for kids!
      • Networking with Agents, Editors, and Writers.
      • Example: AWC Conference.

3. Book Festivals

      • Authors Guest Speakers.
      • Writing Tips.
      • Books, Food, and Entertainment: Need I say more?
      • Networking with Writers.
      • Example: Decatur Book Festival.

4. Beta Readers

      • Diverse POVs: Besides my editor, my beta readers are great human resources to use. It’s best to find honest people you know and trust to read and provide feedback on your book, but it’s also good to use strangers as well. Hint, hint: The ones who don’t know you well tend to be the bluntest ones.
      • Example(s): They can include readers, non-readers, friends, family, people of various ages, males and females, different ethnicities, writers, etc.

5. Writer Critique Groups

      • Honest Feedback from Multiple Writers’ POV: Welcome to the lion’s den. Muahahaha! Okay. No. It isn’t that scary, but it’s best to remain open, quiet, and positive. Listen to your audience and take notes, but do what’s best for your story.
      • Networking with Writers.
      • Example: Vicious Circle.

Besides the importance of googling and being active on social media, face-to-face meetings build rapport with various people, making writers happy and inspiring them to write better books. So go explore the unknown and tell me and other people all about it.

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For more information on the prizes, click on the Tricks or Treats post. Also, if you’re curious about the NYC writer’s conference, check out Karlee Bradbury’s blog. The same giveaway contest is being held on Karlee’s website, too.

Thank you for reading my blog post, and have a happy Thanksgiving! Stuff your mouth with lots of turkey while you vacation with your friends and fam!

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