Tuesday, July 26, 2022

I'm Home After a Great PSWA Writing Conference

 No, I didn't take any pictures. Many did, however, and I'll probably "borrow" some as they get posted.

One thing I learned that kind of goes along wiht Janis Patterson's last post, is one of the publishers who spoke said that for her house they would like 3 or more books from an author a year. And her specifics for the books were 80,000 words or more. This was for the Christian Imprint for Wolfpack publishing.

Never, ever could I put out three of more books a year--not even when I was much younger.

When would the author who churns out one book after another have time to live?

I need to write one more Tempe Crabtree mystery, and I've been gathering ideas, but I have so much other stuff to do that I haven't had time for much more than that. Even though I don'thave to cook dinner anymore there are still two other meals to prepare. My husband needs my help these days. And I have other jobs that make more money than writing and need to be done as they come in.

And wwhat about just living? Chores need to be done, bills have to be paid, all the little things of life that pile up if you don't tackle them right away.

Everyone needs to take the time to be with loved ones and friends, to enjoy good conversations and read other authors books. Reading is probably what got you hooked on writing in the first place. 

Taking 6 days off to attend the PSWA Conference was wonderful. I got to see many old friends and catch up with them, and I made several new friends. The food was great everyplace we ate, and most especially the conference's spectacular lunches. The speakers were great as were the panels, and I learned a lot.

I'm still not totally unpacked--have books to put away--I'll get around to them eventually.

I will get back to writing, but have a long list to complete before I can.

Happy Writing and Reading,



Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I'm glad you had such a nice time at the conference. I agree with you, though. Three books a year, 80,000 words each - when would you have time to live? Also, what about the quality you would produce, just churning out what eventually would be less than inspired books. I hope you got lots of other information that was useful, however, and that you will share it after you finish your unpacking.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

One of the publishers said don't compare you books to other books, but to other authors.

J. L. Greger said...

I think most of the audience laughed internally and turned off their attention when the publisher said she wanted three or four books a year from a writer. I talked to her afterwards. She was quitting being an editor at the the publishing company so that she could focus full time on writing.She could only write eight books a year when working full time as an editor. She must have a great formula.