Wasabi Wisdom – How To Wasabi-Proof Your Writer’s Conference Part 1

I’ve previously shared my wasabi experience on my blog. If you missed it, wasabi is a spicy Japanese horseradish. The size of a penny will completely clear out your sinuses and make your tongue feel like it’s on fire.

Check out the following clip:

Mater became a victim of ignorance. He had no idea what he was really eating. Mater meant well. He thought he was about to get the very best tasting thing ever. What he got was a strong dose of the unexpected.

If Mater were to go back to that food counter, I dare say that he wouldn’t be ordering wasabi.

What does wasabi have to do with a writer’s conference? It illustrates how important it is to add knowledge to enthusiasm for the best conference outcome. You’ve packed enthusiasm, but how do you pack knowledge?

How To Wasabi-Proof Your Writer’s Conference:

Before Conference

*Research Agent/Editor Blogs. For the agents/editors you signed up to meet, research their blogs about writer’s conferences, pitching, and what they are acquiring. When you get to the conference and find out who your appointments are with, take a few minutes before your appointment to read their blog on what agents/editors are looking for in a pitch. If you are meeting with an editor and they don’t have that information on a blog, look at the blogs of agents whose clients are published with them. A few top blogs are:  Steve Laube Agency, Chip MacGregor Agency, Books & Such Literary Agency, Rachel Gardner Blog.

*Research Books and Authors Published By Your Appointment selections. Know a bit about the market. You don’t have to research for hours, but you should be able to identify a few books and authors in your genre that they have either represented or published. This gives you talking points and a better understanding of the market. This research can be later used for the marketing section in your proposal. For examples, visit this link from Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary.

*For Mentor Appointments Come Prepared. You signed up for a mentor appointment to get the perspective of an industry expert. Write down some questions or things you want to learn about so you can remember them when you meet.

*Write Down A Few Comparisons. Write down a few comparisons between your book and another in its genre from the publishing houses you most want to target. This doesn’t have to be extravagant, just how is your book alike and different from the other one. (Write it on a note card and review it before your appointment).

*Write A List of Who You Most Want To Connect With During Conference. This list will come in handy when you arrive. After you know who your appointments are with, you can cross those names off of the list. Then if there are pitching meals (usually lunch time), you can look for a table hosted by one of the names on your list.

*Prepare One Sheets/Sample Chapters/Professional Materials For Pitching. You can find lots of posts on these items. Check out Rachelle Gardner’s Blog(Lots of archived articles), Books & Such Literary Blog (they had a great post yesterday on pitching), or the My Book Therapy Conference Book (Downloads for $3.99 and covers all of these topics).

*Write An Encouraging Verse On A Note Card And Place It In Your Business Folder. There may be times during the conference that you are weary or discouraged. It happens to EVERYONE! Be ready to fight those feelings of defeat with the Word.

*Pray. If you have already done what you know to do to prepare, then leave it in God’s hands. He has a plan for you. Trusting Him is the key to success.

What other tips or questions do you have about preparing to be knowledgeable during conference?



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “Wasabi Wisdom – How To Wasabi-Proof Your Writer’s Conference Part 1

  1. Absolutely great advice, Michelle. Working on those comps now for the editors I want to see!

  2. Oh, I feel like there’s so much to prepare and I’m afraid I won’t get to it all. I have to look at this first conference as a great learning experience. What I don’t know now, I’ll soon learn. Thank you for all these great posts, Michelle!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      You are so welcome, Gabrielle! You will do great. Remember that the information here can be prioritized to do only what you know how. If you need some marketing wisdom when you get to conference find an experience writer, or author to give you some tips. Stop by the My Book Therapy Table- We will be there for you! Can’t wait to see you at Conference!

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