Writing a great book is an art, but selling a great book is a business. In that respect, being an aspiring author has a lot in common with most start-up businesses. Which is to say, you ought to have a business plan. I know it's not easy to fund the business of aspiring authordom. To borrow a line from an episode of The Waltons, "If you want to be an author and eat two or three times every day, there's only one way to do it - marry money."
Still, you ought to be prepared to spend money while you are building your brand. Which is the long way around to what I want to tell you about today. Because, from time to time, I suggest activities and events for aspiring authors and invariably you all tell me that you can't afford to go. Which I certainly understand. But sometimes you've got to make an investment in your future.
So, before you tell me you can't afford to attend, I want you to think about what it means to invest in your future. I'm suggesting that you consider applying to attend the NYWW Perfect Pitch Fiction Conference
. And you'd better have your shit together. Because you can't just register and send them a check. First you have to demonstrate your seriousness of purpose. Because manuscripts have a very real chance to become books as a result of the conference. Maybe yours.