For me the face-to-face approach is essential. It adds humanity to the process of networking; it allows me to meet valuable publishing experts physically, to hear about innovative approaches to the writing process, and to share ideas, all in a narrow time frame. I like verbal communication; it's quicker than typing, and answers are received immediately. In addition interacting with other writers whether in groups or individually, can be a pleasant social experience with a glass of wine or two, adding cultural interest if in an other country.
In the conference information, Books Go Social stated that it was designed to "improve your writing craft, publish successfully and plan the marketing". Their venue was the easily accessible Academy Plaza Hotel off O'Connell Street, in central Dublin, a great literary setting in itself. The conference lasted three days. For the first time, there was a second streaming of material and speakers for writers who wished to have their books made into films, with a workshop on creating the right pitch for film producers.
I was delighted that Michael Hirst, English screenwriter and film producer, (the writing force behind the films "Elizabeth: the Golden Age" and "Elizabeth", as well as the award winning television series "The Tudors" and "The Vikings") was to speak. Ken Atchity, film producer from Los Angeles, with a total of thirty films behind him, was back again to hold a workshop about pitching books for film producers.
The Gala dinner on Saturday night was buzzing with attendees. Traditional Irish flute music played by a soloist was a calming background to their intense discussions. The atmosphere was warm and friendly.
All in all, the conference was a very pleasant and inspirational time, most conducive to engaging with writing on the return home.
- LINKS TO MY BOOKS
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To buy 'South America: Under the Skin of a Foreign Country' click:
To watch the VIDEO of "South America Under the Skin of a Foreign Country" click: