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Making Money Mondays…

Morning ALL!

To be published, there is nothing better than the one-on-one of a writer to an editor, talking about a proposal, an ongoing project, or even a project that didn’t go well and didn’t sell well. Unless you are independently wealthy or have a sugar-honey-love, and can make trips to New York to talk to editors, and actually get an appointment (no they usually even don’t make lunch appointments with prospective writers, despite what film industry says), you need to go to writers’ conferences.

Which cost money.

So what to do? First, make a list of what you want out of your dollar spent:
Editors as guests?
Professional writers in your genre as guests?
Opportunity to pitch your project?
Opportunity to have a professional critique your writing?
Cost of hotel within a certain price range?
Near to your house?
Inexpensive travel?
Restaurants nearby?

And then do a search. Make a check list and go to work on finding the cons that might offer you the most opportunity to present yourself and your writing to a professional—preferably an acquisitions editor at a publishing house.BOTE-Cover

Use your money wisely. Dress nicely—business casual—be hygienic, learn how to shake hands like a business professional (the “wet fish in the palm style handshake” is not helpful), practice your pitch. And go. And good luck!

And yes, I’ve talked to several people who attended two small cons in North Carolina over the last month, and most of them had positive responses to pitches, and even some sales. That one-on-one can’t be beat.



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