Thursday, February 16, 2012


Cost or Investment?     by Ava Pennington

February – the month between paying off your Christmas bills and collecting the documents you’ll need to file your taxes. Money is tight, and can you really afford a writers conference right now?

The answer to that question is…it depends. It depends on whether you want to:

1. develop your writing skills. 
(Think your writing can’t be improved? Think again!)

2. learn how to prepare for the day when that book contract arrives. 
(Hint: marketing yourself and your writing begins long before you sign on the dotted line.)

3. network with other writers. 
(Let’s face it: no one understands a writer better than another writer!)

4. meet agents and editors.
(Where else will you be able to meet with agents and editors who are there to meet with you?)

5. listen to editors and agents speak about what they’re looking for and what they’re not looking for. 
(The publishing industry is changing faster than Apple’s schedule for new iPhone releases. Don’t be left behind with outdated information.)

6. hear from giants in the Christian publishing industry such as Cec Murphey.
(Unless you’re not interested in learning from an author of more than 120 books, including New York Times bestsellers?)

7. develop new friendships
(Yes, this is a business conference…but we have fun, too!)

8. discover publishing opportunities.
(I met the editors of my books at a Florida Christian Writers Conference!)

9. be blessed by the generosity of others.
(Scholarships are available. See the FCWC website for more information.

Don’t view attendance at the Florida Christian Writers Conference as a cost, view it as an investment. Are you ready to invest in your writing future?

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