Wednesday, March 19, 2014

5 Tips for Attending a Writers' Conference

Maybe you've thought about attending a writers' conference for years. Perhaps you've worked on a manuscript and are looking for an agent. Then again, maybe you just enjoy reading books and would like to learn more about the craft of writing. These are all great reasons to attend a conference. However, for the first time participant, the prospect of attending a conference can be daunting.

Here are 5 tips to help you make a good first impression:

  1. Dress comfortably, but professionally. Keep in mind that these conferences are packed with lots to do. You'll be on your feet a lot, so wear comfortable shoes if possible.
  2. Take a notebook and pen. The sessions are chock full of information, so it's best to come prepared to take notes.
  3. Take business cards, but leave your manuscript at home. You'll be meeting lots of people at the conference. Business cards are handy for exchanging contact information quickly.
  4. Attend all meals. This is an excellent way to meet new people. Take some risks and try sitting next to a different person at each meal.
  5. Be polite. It's great to be friendly, but don't approach your favorite author in the restroom, for example. Also, please silence the cell phones.
Writers' conferences are a great opportunity to meet authors, agents, editors, and publishers. Whether you are an unpublished writer, a reader, a librarian, or a seasoned author, writers' conferences have something to offer for everyone. Best of all, these conferences are so much fun. So smile and have a great time!

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