Seems that this is a great time to be a writer. At least that’s what I heard at the fifth annual Triangle Area Freelancers Nonfiction Writers Conference yesterday. I had attended the last three. Each year only gets better.
What I liked most was the conference was small enough to feel part of a friendly, local group and yet large enough to offer diversification of attendees and interests.
What I thought was important follows, in no special order:
Writing your creative nonfiction book:
- Write the best book you can (although we all know this, it was repeated over and over)
- Make sure facts are accurate
- Spend money on a copy editor
- Be able to concisely describe your book
- Be able to concisely describe what makes you the right person to write this book
Networking and self-promotion:
- Besides developing a platform by getting a blog and joining Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, use local media such as newspapers and magazines
- Get interviews on local television and radio programs
- “Blog rolls” now take the place of bookstore signings
- It’s not all about you, plug other writers
I’m not sure I can accurately explain all the details and advances made in the self-publishing arena so I’m not even going to try. However, Writers’ Digest magazine devotes the May/June issue to e-publishing and ways traditional publishing is changing.
I intend to buy my copy tomorrow.