This weekend marks the third When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers). For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to attend, it is one of my favorite conventions. It started out fantastic and has only gotten better.
I approach these types of events with several goals in mind:
- meet and network with people – this is a wonderful opportunity to meet my readers and get to know other writers, editors, publishers and marketers in a friendly environment. It is also wonderful to catch up with friends I’ve made in the past.
- sell books – obviously, with this being a Reader (and writer) festival, there will be people there looking to be introduced to new authors. Since I happen to be a (relatively) new author, this is a great chance to sell some books and gain new readers.
- participate on panels – I love talking about writing. It is uber-cool to be discussing various topics with other writers who love it as much as I do.
- let off a little steam – the socials that happen after hours are always fun.
- learn something – with the variety and number of panels at the convention/festival, I would have to be dead not to pick up something new.
- try out new marketing ideas – I have a number of eBook cards that I’m going to use as prizes in my various panels. I will also be doing a bit of bundling using the cards too.
If you are going to be attending WWC this weekend, please make sure you track me down and say hello. I would love to see you.
If you are not attending, it is a convention worth going to.