Tuesday, July 20, 2010

One of the Best Writer's Conferences That You May Have Never Heard Of

If you’re going to take this slippery slope to try and get your manuscript published, you might as well have a good time while you’re doing it. The members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers look at it as we’re going to skate up that slope as much as possible. This way, it’s fun when we fall on our butts. Nothing demonstrates this attitude more than our Colorado Gold Conference. I’ll elaborate on the antics of the conference later. First, let’s go over the practical reasons to attend our little convention.

It’s economical. $250 per person with early registration. One of the best bargains in the landscape of writer’s conferences.

Keynote Speakers that mean business. New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Brenda Novak takes the stage this year. Her latest release White Heat is already getting rave reviews. She’s also a marketing wizard. Rick Riordan, author of The Lightning Thief, and Joe Finder author of High Crimes have carried the title of Keynote in the past as well.

Editor Workshops. You’ve polished that manuscript through critique groups. With an editor workshop, you get the up close and personal feedback to your book that puts you in-the-know of what the major publishing houses are looking for in terms of style and craft.

Your chances of landing a book contract are significantly increased by meeting agents and editors face to face here. We have members who have done it. And as with most conferences, you leave with great connections and a toolbox of good information.

Now for the fun.

Come in early and see Denver. Garden of the Gods (free), the mountains (free), Big Blue Bear (free), Red Rocks (free), the DIA Giant Blue Bronco (free), historic mountain towns (cheap), a wonderful downtown arts district (cheap), all the major sports, and a Mile High metro vibe. One of our board members may just pile in the car with you to act as tour guide.

The Novel Idea Follies, presented the first night of the event by local entertainers, is a collection of short comedy skits and music that pokes fun at the writing business.

Come up with the most bizarre simile you can stand to imagine and submit it for the Rick Hanson Memorial Simile Contest. Rick was a “colorful” fellow and we honor him with his candid style of silliness.

Join the kicked back atmosphere in our Hospitality Suite where you can chat with authors, agents, and editors. Don’t be surprised if you see a well known writer bartending for the crowd. That’s just how relaxed it is.

Get the conference details at: www.rmfw.org


1 comment:

Beth Groundwater said...

Colorado Gold is a favorite conference of mine (along with the Pikes Peak Writers Conference). I drive up from CO Springs a day early on Thursday and attend the meeting of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America before the conference (see http://www.rmmwa.org/), then I treat myself to a leisurely breakfast and workout at the hotel before diving into the conference. I hope to see many friends there this fall!