Before you say, “I can’t afford to pay for an online conference,” here is one coming June 3 from the Indie Author Fringe that is FREE. Register for the event, and you’ll get email reminders. You can watch the videos at your leisure. I’ve done this a couple of times with Indie Author Fringe, and they have excellent topics and speakers. Not everything will fit what you’re looking for, but I bet there is something there that will fit your needs as an author. Go to the “speakers” box to see who is going to be giving a presentation and what the topic will be about. All you have to do is click on the “Register” red banner, type in your first name and email address, and confirm your registration. That is it. It’s super easy.
That all being said, let’s look at the reasons why online conferences are a good idea. (Now, if you’re writing for a hobby, then I don’t think this is a “must” because it doesn’t matter to you if you’re making money with your sales or not. But if this is a business, then this is something I highly suggest.)
I believe it’s important to keep learning. There is value in reading books and blog posts, but online conferences offer fresh new speakers who might present new ideas that we haven’t thought of before. Or, it could be something we already heard of already, but this particular speaker might say it in a way where the information finally “clicks”.
2. Keeping up with trends
The world of publishing and marketing is changing at such a fast pace that it can be overwhelming. These conferences are a great way to keep abreast of the changes that are happening.
3. You pick which speakers you listen to
Some in-person conferences don’t give you the option of selecting which speaker you go to. Some have only one speaker per session. With online conferences, you get to pick the video you want to watch, and you can skip the ones you’re not interested in.
4. Cost effective and convenient
The way of the future is getting to be more and more online. Yes, I still think there’s value in going to conferences in person. Seeing someone in person is still the best way to establish a rapport with someone, but the cost of traveling and time away from home are not always feasible. People have jobs and families to take care of. Online conferences are a great solution to this. You can do this from the comfort of your own home. When it’s free, that is just icing on the cake, but for the most part, they are much cheaper than ones you attend in person.