How are the resolutions going everyone?
looking more at the “getting out there” plans, specifically considering
conferences and forums.
On the conferences front, for the UK it seems
that the main two are the SCBWI at Winchester, or York Festival of Writing. I don’t
think attending both is an option for me. Is there anyone out there who has
been to both and can tell us the pros and cons of each? Or have I missed a better
For the writing forums, the two I have come across
are Authonomy run by Harper Collins and YouWriteOn which is affiliated to Random
House and Orion.
Essentially they appear to be on-line writers
groups linked to publishing houses. I believe the gist is that you post your writing, gaining you feedback
and possibly a ranking according to how many people read them. Eventually you might
make it to the top slots, where the publishers will take a peak. Has anyone got experience of either, or again
a better one? I’m guessing that this is a route which consciously cuts out the
agent-seeking stage? I’m not sure that this is a route I want to take, but I’d appreciate any thoughts on it.
Yes, I need help (generally) but you know how it
is; if you are going to use the time (and cash) on these things, you want to
get the best one first time around, right?