|Photo by Leona St. Louis|
By Ronda Simmons
It's conference season. Maybe you hit NCW's Writer Conference Extraordinaire. Perhaps you attended Denver's Comic Con, not really a conference, but chock full of writing seminars. Or you may be heading to New York in August to tackle the mac daddy Writer's Digest Conference.
Picture this. You've just returned home from a writing conference. You met cool people, attended awesome sessions, and maybe even you pitched your latest masterpiece.
Here are some essential steps to take after a conference:
- Write thank yous. Send a thank you to the agents you pitched, the presenters you enjoyed and, of course, the conference staff who worked so hard to organize the event. I would also suggest that you go the extra mile and write quick messages to the other writers you met and maybe even those that you only see once a year. These people are your tribe. Consider, at the very least, following them on Twitter or friending them on Facebook.
- Organize your receipts. When Uncle Sam comes knocking next April you'll be glad you did this. There are some links below with more information on what is allowed and what is not. (Bear in mind that I am in no way qualified to give legal advice!) Even if you don't itemize your taxes, these receipts could be invaluable when your manuscript gets picked up by one of the Big Five publishers.
|Death and Taxes, baby, they come to us all|
- Organize your conference notes. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and read through them. More than likely you jotted down websites to look up, books to check out of the library and suggestions that will make your novel soar. Don't lose that information.
- Take the NCW's post-conference survey. April Moore and the rest of the NCW staff will soon be planning next year's conference. Let them know what you liked, and any suggestions you have that could have made the weekend even better. Don't worry if you think your input is too late, any feedback is valuable.
|Everyone who loved the 2018 NCW Conference, raise your hand!|
Conferences are hard work. Take the time you need to recover, then get back to work!
|The struggle is real, recover any way you want to!|
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