Archive for April 8th, 2013

Thanks to speculative author, Jennifer Allis Provost, for stopping by and urging writers to step away from their computers and get out.

Yes, You Probably Do Need to Get Out More by Jennifer Allis Provost

Jennifer Allis Provost “As writers scan the internet for writing-related advice, they invariably come across the following, in one form or another: You need to get out there.

Writing is, by its very nature, a solitary endeavor. Yes, there are critique groups and beta readers and book clubs, but writing itself only takes one person. Not only is it easy to get lost in your own words, once your masterpiece is complete you need to sell it. And, if you have no publishing-related contacts, that is going to be pretty tough.

So, what’s a writer to do? How do you meet successful agents and authors and editors? How can you get your business cards in the hands of people that matter?

A good place to start is writing conferences. They typically offer craft workshops, discussions led by well-known authors, and maybe even pitch sessions. They are a great place to meet people, learn what’s happening in the industry, and get loads of advice.

Since I write speculative fiction, I forgo most writing conferences and attend genre conventions. Easter Weekend found me at Smith College’s Conbust, a smaller con close to home. I was on four panels: Fairies, The Publishing Industry, Urban Fantasy, and How to Get Published.

All of the panels went well, but the most extraordinary thing happened during the Publishing Industry panel. I was crashed by Bruce Coville and Tamora Pierce.

Bruce Coville and Tamora fricken Pierce!

They were concerned that I had to run the panel all by my lonesome, and offered their assistance. Not being one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I quickly made room and we had a rollicking good discussion. Afterward, Tamora Pierce took one of my cards.

Tamora Pierce took one of my cards!

Jennifer Allis Provost Copper Girl So, the moral of the story is this: yes, you do need to get out there! If I wasn’t in the habit of attending conventions, I never would have had the opportunity to meet two such well-known authors, or give either of them my card. Will anything come of Ms. Pierce having my info. Probably not. But, she has it, and that’s got to count for something.”

Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, a parrot (maroon bellied conure, to be exact), two cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.

Her latest release, COPPER GIRL, is due out from Spence City on June 25, 2013. Learn more about her, and her upcoming releases, here: http://jenniferallisprovost.com/Home_Page.html and here: http://jenniferallisprovost.blogspot.com/

Thanks again to Jennifer Allis Provost for her guest post. Watch Whimsical Words for more guests, blogs from me, and Readers & Writers Recipes. Have a wonderful day! – Vonnie

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