The Australian GenreCon 2015

All hail to the organisers, guests, participants, and the volunteers who made GenreCon such a brilliant learning experience for me and all the other attendees. This was my first GenreCon, but it certainly won’t be my last. Rooms full of genre writers? This is most certainly my tribe.

As a few highlights as to what gems were shared:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlC_gMnduoU
  • We make ‘monsters’ by denying them a reflection (another way of explaining ‘The Other’.
  • Point of Sale reviews are vital for both ebooks and traditional books.
  • Editors read manuscripts outside of work hours and are unpaid for this reading!
  • Online interactions should be 80% Personality and 20% Promotion.
  • A lot of lawyers become genre writers – but not necessarily in the crime fiction genre.
  • Always be your best self online and know when to step away from the keyboard.
  • Finish the damn book (apparently I am not the only one who gets separation anxiety).
  • No one has ever hurt their ‘brand’ by keeping quiet.
  • With banter, what isn’t said can be just as important as what is said.
  • Invitation is better than obligation when part of a community.
  • Find the online media you are most comfortable with – don’t aim to follow everything.
  • Be passionate (Am I passionate enough?)
  • 60% of sales on Amazon are romance books of some sort or another.
  • As a writer, you have to have many income streams to make a proper living.
  • In the USA, writers are expected to produce Two books a year, in Australia it just one.(Smaller Market)
  • If you are going the Indie publishing route, have three books ready for three close launches to build up your readership.
  • A good book always beats good marketing in the long run.
  • Google uses 57 indicators to know what you are going on your computer.http://www.rene-pickhardt.de/google-uses-57-signals-to-filter/
  • If all your characters are speaking in the same voice, they are speaking like you.
  • Even though statistically most publishers have a 50/50 gender breakup in their stable of science fiction authors – on bookshop shelves there is usually less than 40% women represented. True story.
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