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Market Monday – Focus on Writing Conferences

Posted by Lisa Lickel on March 21, 2011

Lin Johnson, Founder of Write-to-Publish, invited author and speaker  Jane Rubietta to share her writing conference experience. Welcome, Jane.

Please leave questions and comments for Lin about Write to Publish or other conferences.

Exceedingly Beyond

by Jane Rubietta

Today’s inbox displayed a message from Mongolia. Mongolia? I nearly deleted it as spam but opened it to amazing words. A missionary couple read some of my work and wondered, “Could we translate any of your books into Mongolian?”

On the cover of my Bible, my husband long ago tooled my favorite verse into the leather: “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, … to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NASB).

I guess Mongolia qualifies as far beyond anything I could have asked or imagined, back when I first trembled over the words, “I think I want to write.” And then, saving up money from working part-time in a medical office a few hours a week, knowing I needed more support than floundering around figuring out how to write a query letter. Wondering if I could actually write to publish.

Those meager paychecks covered the cost of my first writers’ conference, Write-to-Publish, where rejection letters turned into acceptance. I still wonder at the miracle sentence, “I am a writer.” And now, hundreds of articles, 11 books, and an international speaking ministry later, God fulfills that “abundantly beyond” promise exponentially.

Besides calling and talent, the absolutely critical variable in the freelance writing formula—the single element that has most changed the trajectory of my dreams—is writers’ conferences. At Write-to-Publish, attendees receive far more than lectures. They get firsthand reports and tools from the trenches by editors and writers active in the writing world.

But the benefits of a writers’ conference extend far beyond the training. Relationships form with editors, business cards trade hands with the mystical words, “Send me your manuscript.” It’s 1,000 percent worth the price of admission.

Hold on, though. That’s not all. Not only do editors and agents take us seriously because we’re investing serious money and time into our craft and calling, but we begin taking part in the fellowship of the unashamed. The people who are not embarrassed to admit, even if they still blush and develop stumble-tongue, “I am a writer.”

At last we are not alone with our odd dreams and strange language (like queries and bluelines and page proofs and SASEs back in the day). The people we meet at writers’ conferences are not competition. They are part cheerleader and chaplain. Part mentor and mentee, think tank and track coach. 

These become the cloud of witnesses along the course of our writing marathon. At my second Write-to-Publish Conference, I met three women who created a writers’ group with me. And now, meeting every month for almost 19 years, we have gone from one paragraph in print to nearly 30 books; a movie; and millions and billions of words spoken, taught, and written in venues around the world in languages we couldn’t imagine.

God waits to surprise you with his abundantly beyond dreams. So get to that writers’ conference. The world waits for your words.

Bio

Jane Rubietta is the critically acclaimed author of 11 books, including Come Along: The Journey into a More Intimate Faith; Come Closer: A Call to Life, Love, and Breakfast on the Beach; Resting Place: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Retreats; and How to Keep the Pastor You Love. She sold her first article and first book at the Write-to-Publish Conference, which is also the catalyst for her speaking ministry. She speaks worldwide, delighted to be part of something she can’t possibly do herself. Visit her Web site at http://janerubietta.com/.

2 Responses to “Market Monday – Focus on Writing Conferences”

  1. Rocky said

    I just returned from a writing seminar in West Bend, WI and it was my first time out as a hopeful writer. I learned SO much from the wonderful people there. I have a schedule conflict for Write-to-Publish or else I would be there for sure. I think writers at any stage in their writing should save their pennies for these opportunities. Thanks for the post! Rocky Lewis

  2. Hi, Rocky! How great a delight it was to meet you on Saturday.
    I gave up a wedding anniversary to go to WTP a couple years ago and met some great people, including Mary DeMuth and Julie Dearyann. It’s just great to connect, besides all the wonderful workshops Lin puts on. Hopefully some day!

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