This week I sat down with a bunch of committed writing friends to start to pull together four months of creative ideas of what to include in our National Conference of Children’s Writers and Illustrators 2015. Planning a good conference takes time and much thought. My guiding principal is IT IS A WORKING CONFERENCE. Attendees must get knowledge out of it for their money. It is a big chunk of cash and writing time that poorly paid writers and illustrators have to give up so every dollar needs to really be worth it.
Kameron Hurley has a guest post on Terribleminds which is the must read post of the week. (year) Kameron outlines the need for writers to think business. These are some of the issues I would like to explore at the conference.
Hugh Howey takes a hard look at Barnes and Nobel booksellers. What they are doing wrong and will it destroy them. This was echoed yesterday in a comment from one of my writing friends about New Zealand’s biggest book seller chain.
Passive Guy takes a look at agency clauses in contracts. This is an interesting post about tricky legalese in contracts.
The Futurebook team have a twitter chat every week and this last week they were looking at Metadata. How can you find out what you need to find out... and why is it so important.
Jon Bard takes a look at the KDP Kids Books app that Amazon released last week.
Lauren Sapala has the two most important things writersneed.
In the Craft Section,
How to write for the 21st century (pet peeves from an agent)
In the Marketing Section,
Six years on from the first conference we organized and issues we never thought of then are now on the table. Storytelling has different wrappers now.
Gaming companies need story content too. This week one of my writing friends was asking for some help with a project her company was working on. They had the idea, they had the graphics, they just needed the story to go with them. Kevin Spacey looks at how storytelling has changed in the shows he has been in.
Sorry late again… Recovery one step forward two steps back...
Wouldn’t this be a cool conference bag?