I’m home from the Novelists INC conference in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Tradewinds Resort after a jam-packed four days of workshops, conversations and panels. Wow. My head is still spinning. So much energy, so much I still don’t know. Everything in publishing is changing at the speed of light, and it’s difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with all the changes.
I promised I would share, and so for fun I’ll tell you what might have impact for you as a reader, as well as show you some of the things I tweeted during the conference. Tweets flew fast and furiously over the days of the conference and beyond. Don’t you love the frog in one of the Tradewinds ponds? I really do think he was listening.
At NINC 2015 I attended workshops on organizing review teams (you’ll hear more about that in the future), the fantasy/paranormal market, how to form marketing plans, Amazon’s publishing programs, BookBub promotions, Wattpad, metadata, publishing in Germany, the tools publishers use that indies can use, too, Draft2Digital, the Author’s Guild Fair Contract Initiative, and Apple iBooks That’s for starters.
But what did I learn that might help you?
Most important? It’s a small world (but big print on this last tweet for some reason.). Did you know the English language is definitely not endangered? For instance, half the words in our language come from other languages, and therefore we are constantly blessed with many new words. We even need a synonym dictionary, something unheard of in many languages. But did you also know that there are more students of English in China than there are people in the United States? 1 out of every 5 persons worldwide speaks English.
Can you guess the country with the highest English proficiency–outside the U.S. and UK etc.? That’s right. Sweden. (You didn’t know, did you? I sure didn’t.)
And did you know that many people worldwide read exclusively on their cell phones? Think about that next time you purchase one. Will you need a larger screen so you can easily read on yours?
In China books spark most of the entertainment, movies and games are based on them and there are. . . 1.4 billion consumers. Wow! Books are definitely not going away.
And speaking of reading on your cellphone? Do you know about Wattpad? There’s plenty of free content there. Take a look and see what you think.
One of my favorite quotes from the conference came from Richard Nash, who tried to put publishing in perspective for us. He said–and this may not be an exact quote:
“Writers don’t just want to sell books, they want to be loved.”
I might tweak that a bit and say “Writers don’t just want to sell books, we want you to love the books we sell.” The NINC conference this year was all about finding readers who love books, local and international, but most of all finding the readers who will love what each of us writes. And heck, maybe love us, too. What a nice extra, right?