I recently attended the 2013 LDStorymakers Conference. http://ldstorymakers.com/ It was wonderful, and worth the time and money. My writing submissions did not place in the contest, but I got some fantastic feedback, so it was worth it. I learned there...that I have a lot to learn. But I also learned that blogging is important and crucial for a writer. So, I am going to try to forget how overwhelming it is for fifteen minutes and just do it. Here are some tips I learned about blogging:
*Blogs should be 500 words or less (FYI this particular posting is around 415)
*You should post 4-5 times a week
*You can and should link your Facebook, blog, and Goodreads
*You need to be professional
*You need to be yourself
*I also learned your name should be in the address line. Mine is not and I've wondered about this, but as I searched for blogs after conference I realized it sure makes it easier to find them if the name is part of the address!)
The thing I dislike most about writing conference is I have to choose which classes to go to--which means I miss out on some! However, the classes I did attend were amazing. The presenters themselves were amazing. These were some of my favorites:
*Sheralyn Pratt's class on writing action scenes. Loved this class!! Her blog is at http://sheralynpratt.com/
*Kathryn Jones: 15+ ways to market your book without spending a cent (and she has a book on it :) She owns a publishing business http://www.ideacreationspress.com/ and her writing blog is: http://ariverofstones.com/ Very nice lady!
*Tristi Pinkston knows her blogging stuff. Great writer and very knowledgeable http://www.tristipinkston.com/
*Rachelle J. Christensen's class on editing. Really needed this one. Her blog: http://www.rachellejchristensen.com/
*Becca Wilhite's class on overcoming the hurdles of writing. She's an awesome writer: http://www.beccawilhite.com/blog/
*Jordan McCollum's class on character arc's. Her blog postings are always super informative. http://jordanmccollum.com/
*Amanda Sowards did a great class on writing historical fiction. Her books look really interesting. http://alsowards.com/
*Kathy Gordon (managing editor of Covenant) gave a superb class on rising out of the slush pile. It was a nice review for me, and I was able to pinpoint where my personal strengths and weaknesses are.
The thing I love most about conference is all the people you meet. It's a great place to network! I met a lot of great people and great writers, and it was wonderful to reconnect with writer friends. So glad I went!