Monday, February 25, 2013

Looking Beyond Writers' Conferences

After I'd written the first three chapters of Watched, on the advice of my awesome sister, I went to a local writers' conference, Storymakers. It was awesome and overwhelming.

 In truth, it changed my writing life.

So, now, it's six years later and I'm a bestselling author of the Watched Series, and I'm teaching classes at those conferences. But guess what? I've discovered that there are other conferences that can change my life even further and I'm not talking about writing conferences.

I was invited to speak at BYOB-Build Your Blog Conference in Utah. It wasn't because my blog was so awesome-because it's not. It was actually to help teach a how-to class on eBooks. I thought it would be fun and maybe I'd pick up some new readers. In truth, I was blown away. Not only did I learn a ton and pick up new readers, but I also made a ton of new connections with a bunch of bloggers and bloggers are more than fun,  they are amazing.

This is huge because guess what? Most bloggers are readers and bloggers love to spread the word when it comes to things they like. At writers' conferences we are all writers and hopefully readers, but we all run in the same circles. By attending other types of conferences, like blogging conferences, you can expand your base of fans in an enormous way. So, check around, what conferences are held in your neck of the woods? Are there any that will broaden your reader base? If so, jump on the chance and spread your wings, learn new things and meet new people. Most of all, have fun!

What conferences have you attended that aren't writers' conferences?


  1. Cindy, I'm eclectic in interests so I attend medical, needlework, survivalist, cooking and ACF, history and political conferences. They feed my soul and empower my writing.

  2. Hmm... I can't say that I have attended any! But this BYB sounds SUPER cool! I'm going to keep my eyes open for something like this. Thanks, Cindy! <3

  3. Congrats on being a speaking at the BYOB conference! I'm not big on conferences but I love writer's retreats. The Big Bear Writer's Retreat in California is one of my favorites.

  4. Great insight, Cindy! Glad you're having fun:)