Watcher55 wrote: I was talking to my nephew, who was active in the LA music Business (manager) and we were comparing the paths to publication. I asked him if the business had the equivalent of writers' conferences. He told me he had only been to one because it was a waste of time.
You might also consider workshops taught by professional writers, agents, and editors.
Guardian wrote:If someone is really professional and is still in the business, that one is usually working instead of doing workshops. It's very rare if the writer, agent and / or editor is still in the business and making workshops.
Not true, unless you want to suggest Donald Maass, James Scott Bell, Steven Gould, Nalo Hopkinson, Susan Wiggs, and Patrick Nielsen Hayden aren't "still in the business"
Guardian wrote:No. They're the, as you said, the rare exceptions. :)
Guardian wrote:But let's face it. Dozens of failed writers, editors, agents who published or sold at least one work are advertising themselves as true "professionals" who have a workshop.
Guardian wrote::D I edited in the meantime where I explain the scenario that about I speak.
Margo wrote:Guardian wrote:But let's face it. Dozens of failed writers, editors, agents who published or sold at least one work are advertising themselves as true "professionals" who have a workshop.
The fact that there are plenty of wannabe's doing conferences is completely separate from the fact that plenty of real, gifted professionals do these things regularly (once or twice a year...even more) as a way of paying it forward.
Guardian wrote:But new writers doesn't know this. That's the problem. This is why most of the conferences an conventions are doing more harm than good.
Margo wrote:Another saying: A fool and his money are soon parted.
Margo wrote:If someone can find info about a workshop online (I can think of two of these that you have to register for online...only way to do it) but can't google the instructors...the instructors aren't the biggest problem.
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