Friday, November 6, 2009
Is a Web Con Worth It?
It’s hard to beat the costs of an online conference.
PP charged $25.00 which was then donated to a library chosen at random. Muse was free. You can’t attend a physical conference for $25.00.
Plenty of Panels to choose from
Both conferences offered dozens of live presentations, panels, and chats. The difference is, some of these panels were recorded and made available at any time during and after the conference to enable attendees to listen at their leisure. Some classes and panels were offered in text, some were offered as audio files, and some were full-blown video feed. My preference was the video, and my favorite was offered through Skype. I was able to type in questions and the author answered them. It was as close to being there without getting in the car and driving to the author’s home.
What about pitching?
Muse offered a lot of opportunities to meet with publishers and to pitch. Most of these companies were looking for Romance, and if that's your genre, you couldn't ask for a better chance to pitch your book. At PP, there was a drawing, and winning participants were able to pitch.
Will I need special hardware?
I don’t believe that online conferences will replace physical conferences, since it’s difficult to get the same sense of community online, but they were both well worth attending, and I hope to see more offerings in the future.