With the plethora of conferences available, how does a writer narrow down which one (or ones) to attend?
Rachelle Gardner has a list of Christian conferences on her blog and they are arranged by month. Click here for the list. Potentially we could attend a writer's conference every month of the year if we really wanted to!
There's also The Write-to-Publish Conference in Wheaton, Illinois. Mary DeMuth is one the main speakers and agents Rachelle Gardner and Chip MacGregor will be there among many others. It would be considerably closer for me. From central Michigan, I could easily drive the eight hours. But again, the cost could potentially reach near $1000.
As we've talked about before, we have to be willing to invest in our writing career, and hope that someday we'll get a return on that investment. So, even though I'm not thrilled with the costs of writing conferences, I know it's necessary.
I liked what agent, Rachelle Gardner said: If you're unpubbed and/or unagented, you should know that writers' conferences are the single best way to make a personal connection that can lead to agency representation and/or publication. In addition, generally the only un-agented manuscripts that editors accept are those they've requested at a conference. So... you decide. Can you find the time and the money?
But how do I narrow down my choices?
What are the most important things you look for when deciding which conference to attend? What conferences have you attended and which ones would you recommend?
And here's my final question: If you could pick ANY conference to attend, which one would it be and why? I would love to hear your opinions!