When Thank You Isn’t Enough

Ways to Show Appreciation to Writer Conference Instructors

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

At the Blue Ridge Conference, our faculty has a heart for helping writers. These instructors sacrifice time and energy to provide the tools we need to advance in the publishing world. They schedule a time to talk to us one-on-one. They listen to our tripping over words about our writing projects and offer advice with encouragement.

When a thank-you doesn’t seem enough, there are a few ways to show our gratitude in ways that our favorite instructors will appreciate.

  1. Purchase the instructor’s book(s) at the conference and have them personalized. These autographed books are unique presents for our friends and family back home.
  2. Purchase the instructor’s book(s) and review them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, Goodreads, and your blog or a guest blog.
  3. Follow your instructor on social media. Comment on posts and share them.
  4. Blog about your experience with the instructor at the conference.
  5. Acknowledge the instructor who had a profound impact on your writing career by listing his/her name on the acknowledgment page of your published book.

A word of caution here, our goal is to thank the instructor, not flood his/her inbox or become a pest. Be professional! Demonstrate what you’ve learned in your writing and social media.

What is one way you show appreciation to conference instructors?

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. Her titles have DiAnn Millsappeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Suspense Sister, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson. She teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.

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