How powerful is a community? Hallam author and blogger Stephanie Giese credits her fellow writers with helping her to achieve successes from Huffington Post and Today Show contributions to releasing best-selling books.
This year, she wants to expand the community through BlogU, a conference from June 6-8 at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, geared toward women, moms, bloggers and writers.
“The conference is focused mostly on bloggers, but we also offer writing sessions,” Giese said in an email. “I would definitely recommend that every author establishes his/her own blog because it is an invaluable tool for building an audience and finding your own voice.”
Giese, who began blogging at Binkies and Briefcases in 2010 after discovering and enjoying the comradry in other “mommy blogs,” said that the idea came about after she saw the success that comes from connecting with fellow writers.
“They helped me navigate the writing world and break into local and national publications and sign my first children’s book deal,” Giese said. “We have found that the secret to success is to see other writers as colleagues instead of competition and to build a strong tribe.”
Fees for the conference — with sessions ranging from “Going from Blog to Book” and “Building an Author Platform” to “Making Money with Your Writing,” range from $199 for a commuter ticket to $299 for a single room. Find more information at bloguconference.com.