The 2015 Houston Writers Guild annual conference got off to a bumpy start—with the hotel lacking in electricity following a nasty storm earlier that morning. Despite the foreboding start, electricity was restored by 9:30, setting the stage for an excellent series of panels, lectures, and discussions. A highlight of the day was a keynote address by Jane Friedman on the digital age author. With an excellent visual presentation, she walked the audience through the history of the printed word, and how the rises in literacy and technological advances have changed the shape of publishing.
Other sessions I sat in on were “Formatting eBooks” by Megan LaFollett, “The Importance of an Author Platform” by Elena Meredith of PR by the Book, “Your Five Big Scenes” by Chris Rogers, “Reading Like a Writer” by Ann Weisgarber, and an illuminating panel discussion with agent Ann Collette and writers Ashley Weaver and Mark Pryor.
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