Writing is a lonesome job. Sitting in your home office, plugging away day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, every second a struggle to put the perfect words you’ve been striving for on the page. Some days your muse is flowing, other days, not so much.
Your family and friends don’t understand what you do.
Multiple months out of the year we spend our days trying to write that one great book that’s going to make us rich. Or at least make us proud. When we’re not writing, we’re marketing. Today, you don’t need to be published to get your marketing going. It’s as important for an unpublished author to tell the world about their book, as a published author. If you don’t market, you’ll never succeed as an author.
Seldom do we get a chance to meet with other authors, unless you’re lucky enough to have an active writers group in your area, and then it’s usually no more than once a month for a few hours. Otherwise it’s online or at a conference.
Summer is usually big-conference time for authors. It’s playtime, our chance to meet up with our fellow authors. A non-stop celebration where we discuss our books, craft, and marketing. We high-five each other’s successes and commiserate over our struggles. It’s like entering a different world, a more glamorous world where your talent is valued. Not that it isn’t at home, just not at the same level. Attending conference is like walking down that red carpet to the biggest party of your life.
Summer season will soon be starting, and plans are being made. The internet is already abuzz with excitement as authors begin registering for their favorite conferences. They’re making plans with other authors for dinners and drinks and plays and sightseeing. Regional conferences. National conferences. And reader conferences where authors get a chance to interact with their readers.
So much fun.
So much to do.
So little time.
Soon, summer will be over, and we’ll go back to real life where we sit at our desk and plug away day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, to put the perfect words we’ve been striving for on the page.