Memphis Christian Writers from all over the Memphis area attended the American Christian Writers “You Can Get Published” Seminar in Collierville, TN. Keynote speaker, Bob Hostetler gave some very sound advice to several published and unpublished authors present. One of the main things he shared was the importance of setting goals for both daily, weekly, annually and beyond. Constantly honing and learning your craft as a writer is equally as important. Attending workshops, seminars, and conferences is imperative to author development and networking to build your skills as an author, market your published books, and pitch new book ideas to agents.
If you are not a published author yet, Hostetler advised authors to try entering the market by way of article writing for magazines or content writing to build up your publishing credits with your byline mentioned on various clips. This speaks volumes to an editor, because it tells them you know how to meet deadlines and stay within a certain word count. You know how to follow guidelines. This is very important in the publishing industry. This will also help you learn how to work professionally with editors.
The best advice I believe Mr. Hostetler the participants to walk away with was to give good copy on time every time. Always proof, edit, spell check, and grammar check your final draft before submitting it to insure you are giving your best work to the editor. And, always meet your deadlines. In today’s economic climate, keeping a busy overworked editor happy is the goal and the key to success in this business. The easier you can make things for an editor the better things will go for you and your publishing endeavors.
For information about American Christian Writers, please visit their website at acwriters.com. There are four chapters here in the Memphis area:
Bartlett Christian Writers
CCWriters – Collierville
Byhalia Christian Writers – contact here.
Central Church Women Writers – contact here.
For more information about Bob Hostetler and to see the books he’s written – click here.