I got an email the other day reminding me that the Surrey International Writers Conference opens for registration on June 1, 2017. I attended last October and had a wonderful time that I wrote about here on Word Wranglers. I took in several interesting and informative workshops led by knowledgeable presenters. I met many interesting writers of all genres from all over North America, and I had a chance to pitch to a couple of well-known agents. I’m tempted to go again this year.
But do I need to?
I had a great time. It was a positive experience from beginning to end. But if I don’t have something to pitch to an agent or editor, which I likely won’t since I plan to self-publish this year, I’m not sure I should go. It’s an expensive proposition, but at least it’s in Canadian dollars. Trust me, the US to Canadian exchange rate is brutal.
I heard about a conference called the 20 Book Conference to be held in Los Vegas November 3-5, 2017. It is specially designed for indie writers/publishers. According to the schedule, a number of speakers are presenting workshops on subjects pertinent to indie writers. Maybe this is what I need right now. And the price is right; $99USD. Even I can afford that.
I believe it’s the first year for the 20 Book Conference. Going to a conference where I don’t know anyone and I’m not sure what to expect is a little out of my comfort zone. I’ve been to the Surrey Conference twice so I know it will be a good experience. But maybe I need to take a step out of my comfort zone and see what’s out there. Maybe I should look at going to a different conference from either of these two. Or maybe I should just stay home and write.
So, fellow Word Wranglers and dear readers, when should a writer go to a conference and why? What conferences would you recommend?