Writers’ conferences are great for learning. In three days you learn a year’s worth of classes. They have less value as a place to sell your work, especially in this business climate and with publishers cutting back due to the emergence of ebooks.
Women, especially, should consider the rule about being a professional. Traditionally, women feel their time and money should go to the family. While I applaud that, children have to learn that ‘Mommy’ has a life outside of the home. This is an important concept for children to learn. Mommy is not just a meal-maker and a clothes washer. She’s also a writer.
Speaking of being a professional, here in Canada, my accountant accepts all my expenses for my yearly tax. I assume that’s true in other countries as well. Computers, paper, mail, classes I attend, the office in my house, Internet service etc. etc. At the beginning, I wasn’t generating any income, still it was legitimate – like opening a new store.
Treat yourself as a professional. That’s what you are. You’re a writer.
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