UNF Writer’s Conference: The Good Stuff

Good Stuff from the UNF Writer's Conference. I was like a kid coming home with goodies on Halloween night, but with fewer calories.

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!

My first day’s schedule

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Raising the Bar for Indie Writers: Wanda Shapiro and Mayowa Atte

Here’s Mayowa Atte from Pens With Cojones, guest-blogging on Wanda Shapiro’s  One Girl One Novel:

“Of late, there has been a spike in the number of skirmishes between indie writers (self-publishers) and well, everyone else. As frequently happens, writers (both traditional and indie), industry professionals and commentators weigh in with cautionary tales about the euphoria and reality of self-publishing, indie writers respond with communal fury worthy of a Siberian wolf pack.”

This I think is how things should be.

Stab, parry, and thrust, posts and counter-posts, tweets and tumblelogs, fact and snark, experienced fear and brave naiveté; we should all question indie literature and its practitioners should remain undeterred and unafraid. This is how we will find holes in the model, this how we will preserve the fierce independence and attitude of indie literature.

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