Monday, May 20, 2013

LDStorymakers Conference 2013

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!


2 comments:

  1. Robbin,
    It was good to meet you at the conference. Rob(b)in's unite, right? I'm so glad you found my blog:) I'm not the best at blogging-as in 4-5 days a wk would kill me. I know because I tried it during the month of April I did the A to Z challenge where I had to post every day except Sudnays. Talk about a drain on my time and brain power:) Still, I enjoy the blogging community and try to blog once or twice a week. Set a goal you're comfortable with and then run with it:)

    I've heard a ton of good things about Sherilyn Pratt's class-I'm glad you enjoyed it. So many classes at the conference were amazing.

    One tip that I learned is to take off the captcha (that's the word verification blogger automatically adds unless you turn them off). You'll get more comments and repeat visitors that way:)

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    1. Thanks so much! I will look into how to turn that off :)
      I think 1-2 times a week is much more reasonable. My 15 minutes turned into 2 hours trying to figure out this blogging stuff. I'd much rather be writing! Congrats on your win too, Robin! I won 3 years ago and it was very validating. :)

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