by Erica Verrillo on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
March is officially the beginning of spring, and time for writers to come out of hibernation and congregate!
There are some great conferences this month. If your manuscript is complete, you can pitch it to agents at several conferences, including Sleuthfest in Florida (for mystery writers), Write Stuff in Pennsylvania, and the big New York Pitch Fest. There are also retreats and workshops for writers who just need to get away for awhile to get the creative juices flowing.
Attending a conference is one of the best things you can do for your writing career. Conferences offer a unique opportunity to network with other writers, meet agents and pitch your book, and learn how the publishing industry works from editors and professionals.
I strongly urge you to plan ahead if you are thinking of attending a writing conference. Many offer scholarships that can significantly reduce the cost. And all of the intensive writing workshops have application deadlines. For a month-by-month list of conferences throughout the year see: Writing Conferences. (You will also find links to resources that can help you find conferences in your area on that page.) If you miss your ideal conference this year, plan for next year.