One of the main things I learned at the UNF Writer’s Conference was that indie publishers need to take quality very seriously.
Deborrah Hoag, editor of books, ebooks, academic papers, corporate publications, and more, said now that anyone can publish their work inexpensively, a glut of poorly written, carelessly edited books are giving all indies a bad name. She’s right, y’know.
Tony Timbol, author of Cybal Raven series, says, “Do not confuse the simplicity of electronic delivery with the complexity of the writing craft: publishing crap on the internet leaves an indelible electronic smell that will last a long time.”
For me, the high point of the conference was the Critique Workshop. Instructor Sohrab Fracis is clearly dedicated to the craft of writing. He has a teaching style that is both serious and fun, and I don’t believe I am exaggerating when I say that the tips and techniques he shared with our class are priceless.
Finally, I met a lot of really cool people over the three days of the conference. Too many to name, but you all know who you are. All the people I interacted with in the workshops, at lunch, and elsewhere!