Finding inspiration in Mexico

20160212_134710_001-1“That was the best presentation I’ve ever seen at a writers’ conference!”

“You guys are like Siskel & Ebert.”

“Thank you so much for this information. I came in confused and left confident!”

“Hey, it’s Bonnie & Clyde!”

These are just a few of the comments we received during our workshops and our magical week at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

We were heartened by all the savvy writers who attended our workshops, realizing the importance of a strong author platform and marketing plan. It’s inspiring for us to be surrounded by so many motivated writers committed to bringing their books into the world.

We were also inspired by the other 70-some instructors who offered great takeaways for our own writing projects and process.

And it was a deeply satisfying moment to realize that great minds think alike, as when Joyce Carol Oates emphasized the importance of a strong title (something we advocate for relentlessly in our proposal workshops), calling out the horrible Trimalchio in West Egg, a book that we now know as The Great Gatsby.

We are looking forwarding to continuing to help the writers we met in Mexico develop and submit their book proposals. In the meantime, we encourage all of you to keep writing, keep educating yourself on the business of books, and to keep looking for writers’ conferences, workshops, and residencies to attend. Hope we’ll see you at one soon!

Sma

Literary papier mache in San Miguel

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