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It is important for a writer, especially an indie writer to integrate themselves into the publishing industry and build a strong network of contacts.  Writing is creative but publishing is still a business and that means any writer who wants to be a success in today’s electronic  and very competitive market will have to become marketing  and social media savy.

A great way to immerse oneself into the publishing scene is to network at writer conferences and fairs.  Take a pack of your business cards and your book proposal and get to work making those important contacts. Hopefully you will return home with a renewed enthusiasm for the industry as well as a stack of new contacts.  Then it is all up the followup, getting that proposal or that book in the right hands and in front of the right readers.

I have composed a list of conference that I know of for 2012/2013 but will add on to this list as more are announced throughout the year. If you know of more please email me and I’ll add them to the list. Best of luck!

2012-2013 WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Hynes Convention Center &

Sheraton Boston Hotel

March 6 – 9, 2013

https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview

San Francisco Writers Conference

10th Anniversary in 2013

February 14th – 17th, 2013 (Mark Hopkins Hotel, Mason & California, San Francisco)

R.L. Stine will be our keynote speaker for 2013

http://sfwriters.org/

Romance Writers of America

33rd Annual Conference

Atlanta Marriott® Marquis

Atlanta, Georgia

July 17–20, 2013

http://www.rwa.org/cs/conferences_and_events

Left Coast Crime 2013

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Colorado Springs, CO

Evergreen, CO 80437

2013 (March 21-24)

http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/

POPULAR BOOKS FAIRS AND EVENTS:

http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/

http://events.latimes.com/travelshow/

http://www.miamibookfair.com/

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