[Note: I’m cross-posting this introduction to the article from my blog for the benefit of our WritingChallenge.org community.]
The Writer’s Digest Conference in New York was an event I had eagerly anticipated since I took advantage of Early Bird registration back in May. I’d never been to a writing conference before, and since I am bound and determined to complete my first novel in the near future, I thought it would be wise to go — to learn tips of the trade from the experts.
Some of the sessions were alright, some weren’t as riveting as I had hoped, and then there were those that were absolutely fantastic.
Michael J. Sullivan‘s presentation entitled “GOODREADS: THE PLATFORM THAT CAN MAKE YOUR CAREER” was one of the best. I should add that his wife, Robin, turned out to be his co-presenter, and she was not only extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the Goodreads platform, but also a charming and talented speaker. They are an inspiring duo.
The quick take on his presentation is to use every opportunity to connect with your readers. Give them plenty of new stuff to read, treat them like individuals rather than looking at them solely as a vehicle to make money, and you will sell books (provided you’ve written a good one).