May 4, 2011

Algonkian Writer Conferences

Hey, just a note for all you writers who have written a novel and are just starting to send out queries. Or, if you're where I was at one point ~ you've sent out a whole bunch of queries and are getting almost no response.  If you have the resources, you could sign up for an Algonkian conference.  It's not about the writing so much as understanding the market.  Feel free to email me with specific questions.


I wanted to add that Algonkian is about the writing too.  For me, the most important thing I got from the conference was that invaluable insider information, but you spend a lot of time talking about craft as well and where your book fits in the market.  It saves lots of valuable time if you consider, even before you're writing, what shape your book should take.  If you are writing a thriller, it doesn't matter how much you want to include a meandering plot with lots of literary backstory ~ if you want to be traditionally published, you had better know and stick to the conventions of your genre. 

While there, you do writing exercises and talk about craft and Michael gives personal feedback on your work.  It's great!

This is not to discount if you are writing to follow your own whims.  A very valuable undertaking.  But if you wish to publish, it's a good idea to know where you fit.

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