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The Portable Writer's Conference
Edited by Stephen Blake Mettee

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The Portable Writer's Conference
New, Updated Edition
Edited by Stephen Blake Mettee
Quill Driver Books, (2007)
Standard Print Edition
ISBN: 1884956572
Genre: Writing & Publishing

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - October 1, 2007

Writers' conferences are one of the most powerful tools in a writer's kit bag. At these conferences you get to network with other writers, meet publishers and editors, and to attend a myriad of workshops that teach you not only essential writing skills, but also marketing strategies and business know-how that is required knowledge if you are serious about getting your work published. Unfortunately, not all writers have the opportunity to attend writer's conferences, for some they are just too expensive, too time consuming, too far away, or they are simply not yet at 'that' stage in their writing career. Fear not. If you ever wanted to attend a writer's conference, but just cannot, for whatever reason, there is an excellent alternative available in the form of the The Portable Writer's Conference.

Edited by Stephen Blake Mettee, and newly updated, this one-of-a-kind book contains all the essential ingredients of a writer's conference sans the crowds and, regrettably the networking opportunities - but it does offer you a wealth of information and advice that will stand you in good stead as you develop into a professional, published writer. Within the confines of this extraordinary book you'll find essays that stand-in as virtual workshops on everything from writing short stories and magazine articles to pitching your book to an agent and tips on interviewing. And, like any good writer's conference, you'll discover a wealth of tips and sage advice from more than 45 writing professionals, including established writers, literary agents, and editors. This book also includes a variety of writing resources that will help you do everything from tracking your submissions to finding useful resources on the Internet.

While all writers will benefit from this guide, new writers will gain the most profit from this book. The Portable Writer's Conference offers guidance on such writing basics as Show, Don't Tell, to more advanced topics such as writing book proposals. Combined the information in The Portable Writer's Conference serves as an in-depth and priceless guide on writing both fiction and nonfiction - and more important, on how to get your work published! While much of the information in this book may be old news to established writers, it never hurts to take a refresher course on the basics and you might well be surprised to find, within the more than forty knowledgeable essays that comprise this book, that missing tidbit of information that you need to take your writing and marketing skills to the next level.

The Portable Writer's Conference is the next best thing to attending a Writer's Conference in person, and it is essential reading for anyone serious about becoming a published author!


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