Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CONFERENCES & CONTESTS - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

NOTE from my desk: While I have not attended most of the conferences I showcase, I have heard excellent comments regarding their offerings. Please check their website thoroughly and if you have any questions, use the contact information on their page. While some may be short-dated, I encourage you to check out their site and plan for next year.

Also, keep in mind that by the time you see the conference info here, hotels may be already filling up. When you call the hotel for reservations, check to see what hotels are within walking or uber distance if you need to stay off sight. Being on location always offer the best conference experience but sometimes it's just about being there when you can.

If you attend any of the conferences or enter the contests I list, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share your review in the comments section of that conference's post.

Know of a great conference you'd like me to share? Please use the contact form on the right to drop me a note.


Thank you!



September 8-10, 2017

This is another one of those conferences that have been around seemingly forever - and with good reason.  

I really like the layout of their website and all of the information they provide ahead of time. The brochure is beautiful and well-laid out. The list of Agents and Editors to be in attendance is astounding! 

If you're interested in signing up for the bookstore and author signing event, you will want to go HERE  There is also great information on their BLOG, which appears to be kept updated well. 

If there was any way for me to make the conference this year, I would be there in a heartbeat. Downtown Denver offers a myriad of shopping opportunities between workshops and the Renaissance Hotel is high end for a reasonable price ($109 plus tax and fees per night) 

This looks to be THE conference to attend this year. I hope you'll come back and share your experience.

Creative Blessings!
Angela

Monday, July 3, 2017

MARKET MONDAY - Twitter Part 5

While working on some of my own promo stuff at the time of this writing, I realized I left out a very important part of Time Management when it comes to Twitter -  or any other Social Media. The use of an auto-posting service such as HootSuite can be invaluable!

There are several different 'purchase' levels for HootSuite but I've been using the FREE level for three years and haven't found a need to spend money. While the paid for levels do offer additional usage options, for the most part, the free level works for what we do.

Basically, you log into Hootsuite using your Twitter account. From there, you can schedule tweets several weeks out... such as author signings, speaking engagements, cover or book releases. I spend one day doing nothing but loading hootsuite for all seven of my blogs and  now our Oghma account.

You can set the date and the time you want a tweet to go out. In the fall when things are quieter around here I'll be talking more about 'timing' of tweets. For now, think about when you think the majority of your readers are on twitter. That's the time slots you want your tweets to go out.

Also.. you can set a tweet to run more than once a day... say to catch people before they head out to work in the early morning (those city commuters) or a lunch hour.  Don't spam with more than two a day. However, each tweet must be worded slightly different or Hootsuite will not allow the second tweet to go out.

There really isn't a learning curve to Hootsuite. Like anything else you find your footing then you'll sail from there.

Another thing Hootsuite (and there is another but I can't think of it at the moment) does is allow you to connect all of your social media platforms together so when you post something one place, it goes across the board to all of your social media outlets.

I do NOT recommend this.  Read my lips - I do NOT RECOMMEND this avenue. While it can be a time saver, this also takes away the 'personal' side of connecting with your readers. Also, if something happens to one account, you'll be locked out all the way around. Ask how I know :-D

Social Media platforms do not take long to connect on. Just sign in with a purpose, take care of business then move on.  If you don't think you can do that, I'm sure there's a high schooler in your neighborhood who'd love to earn a little extra cash.

There are also marketing services out there. They offer packages for doing different aspects of the marketing you do not want to do. I recommend Jar O Marbles. Annette's link is on my sidebar.
That said, You CAN do your own marketing. You just have to be smart about how you spend your time.

Okay, for the rest of the month, we'll be talking about Facebook and how to use the platform effectively.

Happy Writing!
Angela

Friday, June 30, 2017

WEEKEND INSPIRATION!

The work week is behind you. Each Friday I will post a picture to help get the creative juices flowing. If you post on-line somewhere, please share a link in the comments section so we may stop by and enjoy your process.  Creative Blessings! Angela


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CONFERENCES & CONTESTS - Writer's Digest

NOTE from my desk: While I have not attended most of the conferences I showcase, I have heard excellent comments regarding their offerings. Please check their website thoroughly and if you have any questions, use the contact information on their page. While some may be short-dated, I encourage you to check out their site and plan for next year.

Also, keep in mind that by the time you see the conference info here, hotels may be already filling up. When you call the hotel for reservations, check to see what hotels are within walking or uber distance if you need to stay off sight. Being on location always offer the best conference experience but sometimes it's just about being there when you can.

If you attend any of the conferences or enter the contests I list, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share your review in the comments section of that conference's post.
Know of a great conference you'd like me to share? Please use the contact form on the right to drop me a note.


Thank you!





While I've never attended this conference, I know several people who have as well as some of the folks connected to the Writer's Digest organization. They are top notch and bring in only the best. Writer's Digest is always on target with trends in the writing industry.

What you walk away with from this, and any conference, is entirely up to you and what you are looking for. But of all the conferences, Writer's Digest is out to insure every attendee finds what is right for them... even if you don't know what it is you need. They cover all the bases from Getting Published, Building a Platform, Crafting a good book, Genre insights and the Business side of the profession. I have to say, of all the conferences I've attended, very few focus on the business. That's what writing is. If you are striving to be published and investing time and money into your craft in the hopes of making money some day - it is a BUSINESS.

While some of the other conferences I've mentioned have been short-dated, there is still time to register for this conference. Go forth and absorb the knowledge from the cream of the crop and I look forward to hearing of your experience.

Creative Blessings!
Angela

Monday, June 26, 2017

MARKET MONDAY - Twitter Part 4



How was your week? Are you getting reactions to your posts? Are they being liked/ retweeted? Great!

No? Really? There should be some activity. At least once a week, add to your followers. If someone likes/ retweets one of your tweets, click on their name and learn about them. If they are paying attention to your tweets they find what you have to say valuable and are a great person to follow. Sometimes people want to follow you, but they'll hold back. They'll retweet or like one of your posts to see how YOU react.

Remember... this is a SOCIAL medium. This is conference networking on a much larger scale.

And within this virtual conference of networking you'll find a unique way to get involved in conversations. If you look on your left sidebar you'll see #'s with words/ phrases next to them. These are topics that are Trending. There are also topics of conversations that happen on specific days.

As I type this, there is a trending topic #BadThingsToHearInTheDark.... Hmmm you may find fodder for a new story in that one. Today (May 28th) is also #NationalHamburgerDay

This is the last installment in Twitter. If you have questions, you can always leave something in my comments or use the Contact Me on my side bar... or better yet, DM me on Twitter and I'm happy to help.

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Angela


Friday, June 23, 2017

WEEKEND INSPIRATION!

The work week is behind you. Each Friday I will post a picture to help get the creative juices flowing. If you post on-line somewhere, please share a link in the comments section so we may stop by and enjoy your process.  Creative Blessings! Angela


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CONFERENCES & CONTESTS - Thrillerfest!

NOTE from my desk: While I have not attended most of the conferences I showcase, I have heard excellent comments regarding their offerings. Please check their website thoroughly and if you have any questions, use the contact information on their page. 

Also, keep in mind that by the time you see the conference info here, hotels may be already filling up. When you call the hotel for reservations, check to see what hotels are within walking or uber distance if you need to stay off sight. Being on location always offer the best conference experience but sometimes it's just about being there when you can. 

If you attend any of the conferences or enter the contests I list, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share your review in the comments section of that conference's post.

Know of a great conference you'd like me to share? Please use the contact form on the right to drop me a note.

Thank you!




This is the premiere writers conference for anyone who writes horror or gritty mystery. Thrillerfest offers a wide range of workshops with top notch speakers in the genre such as Lee Child and Heather Graham. 

Thrillerfest is one of those conferences that have earned the reputation they carry, and their prices reflect that. Their schedule and pricing allow you to pick and choose the experience that fits your needs. 

By the time you see this the schedule for 2017 should be posted. If not, contact: kimberleyhowe@thrillerwriters.org

Remember, if you attend this or any conference, come back and share your experience. Maybe next year we will join you!

Happy Writing!
Angela