Food on stick is one of those all time great foods of Minnesota’s state fair. You name it, they’ve probably done it. For all of those aspiring to get into the venues at the state fair, you actually have to submit a recipe and they decide on what they will invite each year. No pressure.
Going to a conference is a bit similar. You are pitching to editors and agents about a book that you slaved hours to write. Your chance to impress is narrowed down to a short 15 minutes.
5 Conference Tips We Can Learn From State Fair Food:
1. Placement Is Vital. Finding an editor or agent appointment that fits your type of writing is crucial. Research the books that the editor or agent has signed. Know that your values mesh.
2. Appearance Draws Interest. It does matter how you look and present yourself . Dress professional as if you are going to a job interview. Present yourself as a professional in your business cards and one-sheets.
3. The Senses Enhance An Experience. I’m not recommending perfumes and cologne because allergies make it difficult for some people. A firm handshake, good breath, and a cheerful voice do make an impression. Skip the onions at lunch. Pack a mint. Practice keeping your voice steady. If you are uneasy, they are uneasy.
4. The First Bite Is Crucial. Your few line hook is crucial to create an interest in your work. Editors and Agents will be drawn in, if that little taste is amazing.
5. Stop Before You Over Indulge. Don’t monopolize time beyond what you’ve been granted. Practice till your pitch is wrapped neatly and concisely in the amount of time you need. Try to avoid editor’s and agent’s irritation. Leave them wanting more, not less.
What advice would you add to create the Conference On A Stick Success for writers?