Today the focus was on publishing. There was a panel made up of agents and publishers who discussed the various publishing options from traditional to independent to hybrid forms of publishing. this afternoon I attended only two of the three workshops. The first one was “Top Ten Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make” led by author/publisher Eddie Jones. The second one was “Growing Your Writing Resume Through Articles, Blogs, and Devotions” led by literary agent Ann Byle. Later in the afternoon I met one-on-one with Ann and we talked about the way I should go to continue building my platform and getting some of my devotionals published. I’ve known Ann for a few years and trust her information. Instead of trying to get a devotional book published Ann suggested I work towards being published in magazines and to definitely continue my blog.
Tonight was a banquet for dinner with yummy cheesecake for dessert. This was followed by our evening speaker Cliff Graham. He is a former Marine and also served in the Army military police. He is a novelist and filmmaker. His Lion of War series is about King David and his mighty men. It is in the process of being made into a movie trilogy. He discussed his writing journey. He also discussed the work he and others are doing in other countries to fight the sex trafficking of children. It was a very interesting presentation. I bought his book “Day of War”.
After all this we had the option of going to the beach for a bonfire and S’mores. I chose not to go and hopefully I will get to bed earlier tonight than I did last night. Tomorrow is the last day of the conference. I can’t believe it’s almost over. The days have gone by so fast. I have learned so much. Stay tuned for more coverage of the conference tomorrow.