To get your prepared for the conference here's a post by Donna Bowman Bratton called "The Do's, Don'ts, and "Stuff" of Writer's Conferences". It's a funny, helpful, and practical way you can get yourself ready to make the most of the conference. Donna says that the key to getting the most out of a conference is preparation. You have a month to get yourself ready, and she gives you some homework and tips to do so.
Here are a few of my favorite Don'ts and Do's of conference etiquette you should abide by:
Don't:And I love her final tip!!
1. Don't stalk the editor or agent- Let them go to the restroom in peace.
9. Don't wear sparkles, flags, or lighted tops in the hopes of getting noticed. I guarantee, you will be.
13. Be your genuine self. Remember, agents, editors, and award winning authors are people, too. They appreciate a friendly chat. But, at the end of a long day, respect that the speakers are tuckered out.
Start a conference/workshop notebook that you can add to with each event. It's an easy, efficient way to keep track of your notes. Later, it will serve as a snapshot of the many ways you strive to progress your writing and publishing journey.
Make sure you check out our posts each day for the remaining month before the conference!