I have just spent 4 full days at a writing conference. No, more than that. It was Women In Publishing Summit, my second time.
There were about 2 or 3 male speakers, otherwise we were all women. Writers, agents, publishers, designers, and all the other publishing industry roles I forgot to mention. Perfectly organised by Alexa Bigwarfe.
I am exhausted, but it was worth it. Like last year, I met a lot of interesting women, mainly other writers, and I learnt a lot.
Will it be easier to publish my books in the future? Maybe! I think so.
I find marketing and selling very hard. I can’t even haggle in countries where everybody does, In The Gambia or Egypt, they gave me a price, I paid, they fainted. They were expecting a tenth of the initial price. Well, I made somebody happy…
So talking to the local bookshop or contacting anybody with the publicity activity is a nightmare for me.
However, maybe, just maybe, I learnt something. Maybe I will manage… You probably think:
“Nope,” Well, I might surprise you and myself.
Whatever happens, the conference was worth it.
It also made me not to concentrate totally on the war in Ukraine. Of course, it is still on my mind. But I will write another blog post about that.