“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”
~ African Proverb
It is always beneficial for writers to get together and connect. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is a great place to meet other writers and network. You never know who you are going to meet. Here is what some writers are saying about the networking experiences they’ve had at the conference. – Jenna Faccenda
Networking is terrifying for an introvert with an anxiety disorder like me, but sometimes getting out of my comfort zone leads to good things. One year at the PWC, I pitched Novel A to Denise Camacho of Intrigue Publishing. She asked me to send it to her, so I left our meeting happy. The next day, when I walked into the conference, someone at the main table stopped me and said, “Denise Camacho is looking for you. Make sure you find her today.” I immediately wondered what I had done wrong and worried about it for several hours until we finally crossed paths. It turns out that Denise’s husband, Austin Camacho, had shown Denise the excerpt of Novel B that I had submitted for critique to his class. She liked it so much that she tracked me down to ask why I hadn’t pitched her Novel B the day before! The answer was “Because I only have three chapter written.” Denise told me to send it to her when it was finished because she definitely wanted to read it. In the end, Denise passed on Novel A, and Novel B will be ready to go out later this year, but now I have a relationship with a publisher who likes my writing—which never would have happened without the PWC’s networking opportunities.
– Kerry Gans
After you’ve established your rudimentary story details, how do you maintain the forward motion, the creativity and the discipline? I find that brainstorming with the network of authors I meet during a conference like the PWC is a good investment for my story. The more I hear myself discuss a plot, scene or character, the more I’m inspired to develop them differently, or happily just pat myself on the back. Writing, creating, developing, and evolving takes work. The epiphanies ignite after we know our topic. The revelations become clear when we complete the puzzle. The tidbits I glean from each speaker guides me along my path. Those “light bulb” moments are the magic and why I attend.
– Nina McKissock
– Uriah Young