Hi all. I just returned from being a volunteer helper for The Word Writer’s Conference which this year, was held on the Sunshine Coast. It was a 3 day event and included panels, work shops and talks. It’s put together by Wombat Books and they have a division which publishes books by Christian writers too. Even though I don’t write christian fiction, the conference was very helpful and it’s always lovely to meet and spend time with fellow writers. Keep an eye out for their next conference – they choose a different area each year – but I believe it’s usually QLD or very northern NSW. There were a lot of attendees and speakers addressing writers of children and young adult fiction – in fact a majority of the writers were writing for this market and so much of the advice was about this market.
The top 3 messages from the conference?
1. Write every day – even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
2. Treat your writing as a business and a priority. If you treat it as a hobby, everyone else around you will treat it as a hobby.
3. Have an online presence and if you’re already published, book trailers on YouTube are the way to go to get publicity and numbers to your website and the shops to buy books.