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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage ~ Anais Nin
Next week, many people in our genre will descend upon San Diego for GRL. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but I will be following along on Ffor acebook and Twitter at all the excitement. Last year, I did attend the inaugural RainbowCon in April 2014. My first novel had only been published nine months at that point, but I wished I had attended a Con before being published.
So if you are an aspiring writer, or newly published, here is my advice if this is one of your first Cons. First of all, network, network, network! I know that’s probably cliche, but seriously. Get to know some of your favorite authors you already read and pick their brains on the questions you have (tip: make a list of questions so you don’t forget, nerdy, I know, but seriously, do it).
Get to know the publisher representatives and ask what they are looking for in new acquisitions. If you haven’t already, figure out what house your WIP might fit in, study up on the publishers with many of the owners/managing editors at the Con. It was a panel similar to this topic at RainbowCon that helped me identify possible publishers for my planned projects in the future. It’s also this tip that helped me find new homes for my first titles earlier this year.
Finally, get to know the blog owners and learn how to use the blogs to help promote your new titles. Each blog offers something just a bit different. Ask the owners how they prefer to be contacted for reviews, guest spots, or promo spots. They each have their own perspective on our genre and can give you great insight into the community.
I wish I’d attended a Con before A Place to Call Their Own was published…I learned whole bunch about the genre, writing, and publishing in general when I did. Of course, I’ve been able to apply everything to new releases and re-releases.
I will miss everyone, once again, but hope to attend GRL next year! Have a great time, everyone!
~L Dean Pace-Frech
About L Dean Pace-Frech
With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and published by Musa Publishing in 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year by Musa.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, his hobbies include reading and patio gardening.
Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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