I was talking to some NINC members the other day about what the Novelists Inc. Conference is all about this year. What does “The Author’s World” mean?
To me, it means we’re focused on how to support and help you, the author, have the writing career you dream of.
Some years, it seems we’re all about news and info. Other years, we’re all like “we have to do this, and sign up for this, and get on board with this shiny new thing”–which is great, but it can be overwhelming too.
This year, we’ve got a beach, and a resort. And even a spa, for cryin’ out loud! And lots of us are struggling with that never-ending question of “how do I do all the stuff for my writing career that I’m supposed to do…and still have time to write?”
So it just made sense to take a step back from all the “do this” and “learn that” and give everyone a chance to breathe. Reflect. Evaluate.
Now, that doesn’t mean that nothing’s going on–far from it! We will have a very full schedule, and if you want to learn new stuff, you’ll be able to. If you want to get some fresh ideas for stuff to do and try, you will have that chance.
But hopefully you won’t come away feeling like “if I don’t manage to DO ALL THIS STUFF my writing career is over!” Instead, I hope you feel refreshed and energized. I hope you have a chance to prioritize what next steps are right for you. I hope you leave Myrtle Beach with renewed vision and resources to help you reach your writing and career goals.
And I hope you have a chance to walk along the beach and look inward and reconnect with that inner spring of creativity that brought you to this point to begin with. ‘Cause the world needs story. We need to laugh, cry, and be entertained and fall in love and feel afraid and experience thrills and magic and all the other things your stories bring to the world.
So come–hang out at the beach with us. Have a martini. Get sand on your feet. There’s nothing like spending time with fellow writers.
Oh, and if you’re reading this, and you aren’t part of NINC yet…you should give us a look. Ninc is the only writers’ organization devoted exclusively to the needs of multi-published novelists. Whether a two-book author or a 102-book author, if you’re serious about your career, Ninc is your lifeline. (Questions about Ninc? Check out our website.)
Hope to see you at Myrtle Beach!
NINC Conference 2013 Co-Chair