So what if I’m not published! I still have something to contribute!
Of course, you’re wondering what in the world am I hollering about? Well, at a conference not too long ago, I overheard an attendee say she wondered if a workshop presenter was a published author. Asked why, she said, "If she’s published, she’ll know what she’s talking about."
Geez, didn’t that shoot down a lot of the advice I’ve received over the past, hmm, four years if not longer? A lot of the advice I’ve been given was from not-yet-published writers. Sure, I’ve received just as much advice from published authors, but I don’t remember one contradicting the other - except from pantsers and plotters, and that’s understandable.
Considering a lot of that advice, since becoming involved with Southern Magic, has been from non-published authors that are recently published, I believe that advice is very viable.
When it comes to me, my faults are many. Nevertheless, I can tear down a story and show you how to word your pitch or query letter and make it interesting, even exciting. Thanks, Kelley St. John, for the lessons and advice. And, hello! that was given when she WASN’T published. I've included the cover of her second book - we at Southern Magic are very proud of her. (Side note: Love this book! http://www.kelleystjohn.com/home.cfm I just know she was thinking of me when she wrote it. Ain't that right, girlfriend? Yeah, right!)
I’m a firm believer that not everyone is made out to be a teacher as everyone doesn’t have the tenacity to be a published writer.
What do you look for in a workshop presenter or speaker? Do you feel different about advice from a prepublished author versus a long standing published author? Is one advice more important than another? And what was the best advice you received and who gave it?