As Southern Magic VP, I had to really search my imagination for programs in 2010. I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’ve been through every program more than once. It's possible the reason for this is because I’ve been at this trying-to-get-published thing too long. Maybe for someone starting out it's all new.
But for someone who’s been trying to publish for MORE than a few years, it's difficult to find incentive to come to a meeting. Everyone has such easy access to online programs and classes now, there’s almost no need to go and meet with the writing peeps once a month.
So, looking at next year (yes I’m in charge of the first couple of programs), I’m trying to get creative and think outside the box.
What would you like to see next year at Southern Magic? Would you like more interactive programs? Story boards and critiquing? Speakers … and if so, what kind?
Would you be interested in a couple of half-day editors/agent programs and then pitches? If so, would you prefer agents or editors (or both)? What type of program would you like editors/agents to talk about? Industry? Craft?
Lots of questions, I know, and I’m not stopping there.
We seemed to have hit a point where those who volunteer all the time are having to take a step back to get more time for our writing. We all have day jobs and families. If you haven’t volunteered, what’s stopping you? Terrified you’ll drop the ball? Not sure what to do? What would be the incentive to get more involved? What if we had a position-elect for all board positions? You could “intern” and observe your predecessor so you didn’t feel like you were falling into the deep end of the pool come January 1.
Would you like to see the positions simplified and spread out among more members?
Please comment and let me know on a few of these. If you prefer, please comment anonymously.
Thanks for the input, everyone!