Dear Inland NW Christian Writers,
Another great conference has come and gone. I want to thank everyone who helped make it a success.
The last five years have been a whirlwind of meeting wonderful people in the community and in the publishing industry. We have all been blessed with so many great workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities. Writers in the Inland Northwest and beyond have come together and learned to encourage, support, and inspire one another to improve their craft and reach out to the world through social media.
The responsibility we all share is one handed to us by God. The gifts and abilities He has given us we will use to spread the message on our hearts through the written word. The commission is individual as well as corporate—write your story.
With all that in mind, I must tell you that I am ending the Inland NW Christian Writers Conference. There are many factors in my decision. Some are personal and financial, while some have to do with the ever changing publishing industry. Mostly it has to do with God’s direction. He has made it clear to me that it’s time to do a new thing.
The publishing industry has been turned on its ear in the last couple of years—especially this last year. Indie publishing/self-publishing has changed the way publishers do business, and agents are effected too. It’s increasingly hard to get editors and agents to come to regional conferences like mine, and when they do, they are bound to the reductions in acquiring new authors. Publishing houses are producing fewer titles per year and agents are taking only the best of the best, accepting a short list of new authors. Many well established traditionally published authors are now self-publishing. This changes the dynamics of conferences everywhere.
I know many of you will be disappointed. I am sad to have this great run come to an end. It’s possible that I may host occasional one day events, and I’ll keep you informed of other venues as I am aware of them. Make sure you’re subscribed by visiting my website or using the form below, so that I can keep you informed about opportunities, other conferences, classes, etc. that I or someone else might offer. I also hope to pass along articles, blog posts, and tips to keep you up to speed in your writing journey. (Please check your spam occasionally to make sure you aren’t missing newsletters from my address, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
You must know that without you, the last 5 years would not have been possible. You have been a great audience, and I applaud your dedication to attend year after year, responding to the messages of all the great faculty over the years. I will miss seeing all of you annually, but hope to stay in touch through other events.
Blessings in your writing journey,