Appointments - Making the Best Choices

Discouraged face    Writing, rewriting, editing . . .

It's not easy to refine an idea into a publishable manuscript. And that is just the beginning! Then you need to determine  where to submit your writing and to persist in submitting again and again. It may become evident through this process that independent publishing is your best option. But how can you be certain? Going to a writers’ conference will not only help you to gain critical knowledge about writing and publishing, it will also give you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with editors, agents, authors, and other professionals. With FOUR free 15-minute appointments (FIVE for the first 75 who register for all three days), no conference provides more opportunities than the May 17-20 Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. But with a faculty of over 50 at each conference, how can you be certain you're making the best choices? 

1. PRAY!

If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. James 1: 5 TLB

2. Review the genres/topics on the Editorial Needs Charts that our amazing Appointments Coordinator, Barb Haley, has painstakingly compiled based on responses from our faculty. Below is the first page of the nonfiction chart. For PDFs with live links to the bios click Nonfiction, Fiction, Children & YA.

3. Study the bios of the editors and the agents who are interested in what you are writing and study any additional info about their editorial needs that accompanies their bio. Visit their website and carefully read their guidelines for writers.

4. Keep in mind that your best option may be to meet with an author. (Click here to study their bios.) If you do not have a manuscript or concrete idea to discuss, we recommend that you request appointments with authors. An author can help you evaluate the readiness of your manuscript for publication. Barb has also prepared charts of "Areas of Expertise." For PDFs with live links to the bios click NonfictionFictionChildren & YA.

5. Because in today’s publishing world it takes more than great writing to get our work published and read, we’ve included a chart of other aspects of growing our writing ministry with faculty that are available to help in areas such as blogging, public speaking, indie publishing, social media and more. Click here to view the chart below as a PDF with live links to bios.

6. Consider the option of a 30-minute paid critique. You’ll need to scroll through the faculty bios to see who is available and for what genres.

My paid manuscript review gave me the most thorough and helpful manuscript review I've had to date.
Clement Hanson

7. Prepare for your appointments using the tips you'll find by clicking here.

Finally, pray some more – but not desperate “please, God” prayers. Instead surrender your work – your words – to the Lord and trust that He knows the plans He has for you and for your writing.

  Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all.
Proverbs 3:5-7 MSG