The first day at the conference began at 2 PM. The theme for the conference is EVERY WRITER NEEDS A TEAM. The theme verses are Romans 12:5-8. Today was basically an overview of what the rest of the week will be about. The speakers today mentioned the different types of publishing available to writers: such as traditional publishers, e-publishing, independent presses, and self-publishing. These will be discussed in more detail during the various workshops and speakers this week. We learned that we need to understand our readers and know what our marketing strategy will be. We need an editor to review our work. We must be persistent, roll with the punches, and remember that the master over it all is God.
It was fun talking with people I had met at this conference last year and meeting new people from Michigan and other states. Dinner was delicious. After the evening speaker we had an ice cream social. Tomorrow we really start digging into the craft of writing and the publishing scene.
The lodge where I am staying is beautiful. We are only 2 blocks from Lake Michigan. I hope to walk down there sometime this week. Today it was too rainy and chilly. I have a room to myself which is very nice. This is going to be a great week. It’s only the beginning. Stay tuned for more to come.