“And everyone’s definition of success is different. Know what yours is before you start on your author journey.” From 20Books 2017 handout.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie, most writers agree that writing conferences are an excellent way to network and garner tips on perfecting your craft. However with the vast range of abilities and genres out there, it’s impossible for a single conference to be all things to all authors. Even genre-specific conferences can have issues with logistics as a couple of my romance colleagues discovered when they attended an established romance conference in Vegas. The duo trekked long distances to the panels only to discover the rooms filled to capacity. Not to be denied their HEA, the pair spent the remainder of the conference in their suite working on manuscripts and strategizing for their next boxed set.
I’m happy to report a much different experience from 20 Books Vegas 2017. Unlike many conferences which are focused on traditional publishing, 20Books is all about Indie publishing. What started as a Facebook group in March 2016 by Michael Anderle soon developed into a significant voice in the indie world.
Held at Sam’s Town, the event reflected the frontier vibe of the venue. No shoot-out’s at high noon, but the spirit of people helping each other resonated throughout the conference. Twenty minutes before Craig Martelle’s opening remarks, the Ponderosa room was already abuzz with discussion. With many writers staying at the venue, networking was often as simple as waiting for the elevator.
I returned home with my green spiral bound notebook packed with ideas, business cards and a daunting to-do list. I can’t say that I’ve got it all figured out, but I now have a better sense of direction thanks to 20Books.