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Networking: Detroit Literary Jam Writers Conference November 10, 2007

Posted by emsgeiss in Nablopomo, networking, WAHM/WAHD Stuff, writing/editing/blogging.
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Today, I attended my first literary conference.  The Detroit Literary Jam is actually a three-day conference held every fall. This was its fourth year.  I have been professionally remiss as a writer in not attending such conferences. I never realized that you didn’t need to be an established author to attend such events, which is why I should have been learning and networking at them at earlier stages in my writing career. And, as an established author, I now know the importance of such events for building platform, meeting other writers and the give-and-take of being able to learn from those more experienced than yourself and being able to assist those writers who were you at an earlier stage.

Unfortunately, I missed the first day of events, because of other previous commitments, but today’s workshops and programs were excellent. I learned from author, Vincent Alexandria about the author’s public presentation, whether at book signings, in random public situations, on media appearances and such. Funny and engaging, Alexandria imparted tips, tools and great wisdom.

There were so many sessions to choose from, among which I also participated in a children’s book writing workshop by one of the founders of Zoe Books.  At lunch, we all participated in a marketing seminar with authors and marketing specialists Hajj Flemings and Stephanie L. Jones about how to create a brand identity and how to reach the media.  

I met a lot of people, and lament not bringing nearly as many business cards and promotional materials as I should have.  My original intent in going was to listen and learn, which of course, I accomplished, but I think that I’m ready to jump in, feet first for my next conference.  I realize that as a local and established author and editor, there are ways that I can contribute to helping my fellow writers.   I’m already excited about next year’s Detroit Literary Conference.

And while there is more to be said, I’m keeping this blog entry short, because it was a busy and tiring day…and Mama needs to spend some time with her little guy, a nap and some time with the big guy too.



1. Hajj E. Flemings - December 26, 2007

It was great meeting you at the conference and I expect the conferene to grow and improve year over year.

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