6 Tips To Avoid Being Conference Clueless

Okay, so this wasn’t this woman’s most stellar moment, but oddly enough I can relate to her. Wait, don’t be so quick to say you can’t.

Have you ever been to a writer’s conference and made an erroneous newbie comment? I have. Wow, they just don’t make a rock near enough to crawl under.

There might be a month or two until your next writer’s conference, but if you wait until last minute to prepare, you will be overwhelmed. Get started now on some of the things that take a bit longer to put together.

A Few Tips To Avoid Being Conference Clueless:

1. Start getting ready early. Review the conference information copiously. If descriptions are given for agents and editors attending, get to know their faces and what they are looking for. 

2. Identify the editors and agents that you are interested in pitching your work to. From the conference information, identify what agents and editors are looking for your type of work. Put them in order of interest from least to greatest.

3. Read their blogs to learn more about them. This will help you narrow it down to your top few. Keep notes on things you learn during the process.

4. Based on knowledge gleaned from blogs create a one sheet. This may take time. Give yourself plenty of time to ask for feedback on what you have done. 

5. Create a pitch and begin practicing. At this stage you are ahead of schedule, but practice makes a lot of difference when it comes to being more confident. Take time to practice in front of friends and family. Have them ask you random questions about your story to prepare you for editor and agent questions.

6. Investigate changes in the industry. One great way to do this is to check out Agent Steve Laube’s Friday Blog called “News You Can Use.” Read the last several weeks. That will keep you up to date on what is happening. 

Also, note the new releases in your genre and what seems to be doing well in the market.

What are some early steps you take to avoid being conference clueless?

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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.

One thought on “6 Tips To Avoid Being Conference Clueless

  1. […] conference. We have all be there at one time or another. BUT, there are some things newbies to conferences do that should be avoided. A few obvious ones include don’t pitch your book in the bathroom and don’t argue with an editor or agent in an interview. For some of the less obvious tips, check out this post here. […]

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