Top 10 Things Not To Do At a Writer’s Conference – Dug-Proofing Your Conference

Photo by mindfreak

Photo by mindfreak

The American Christian Fiction Writers Conference is right around the corner. About this time I am as eager as Dug on the movie UP. 

If you’ve never met Dug, here is a short clip to give you an idea of just what I mean.

All of that excitement and nervous energy sometimes sends us into overdrive. The most common sense things are not as clear. If we are not careful we will become like Dug in this clip:

Dug-proof yourself for writers’ conference by keeping the following tips in check.

Top 10 Things Not To Do At a Writer’s Conference:

1. Pitch to editors and agents in the restroom.

2. Turn every conversation into a pitch for your book.

3. Act like your crazy Aunt Lulu to be funny.

4. Argue with an editor or agent who is not interested in your work.

5. Complain about your agent or editor at any time in the public venue. (Yes, even in the shuttle on the way back to the airport.)

6. Forget to tip the room service, cleaning service, etc.

7. Undercut others to get ahead. (God is the great equalizer. He has a plan that will be for your best. Don’t put others down to look good.)

8. Wear your pajamas to breakfast.

9. Give your whole manuscript to an editor or agent and expect them to take it home.

10. Stalk your favorite author in the hallway to take photos, get signatures, discuss your own novel, or chat.

More conference humor here.

What are some crazy things you have seen/heard someone do at a writers conference? Or something you don’t recommend doing?


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.

12 thoughts on “Top 10 Things Not To Do At a Writer’s Conference – Dug-Proofing Your Conference

  1. But..but Michelle, I was so looking forward to breakfast in my pjs. One thing I’d suggest…if you have to take something like a Medrol pack, take it this week or you’ll be so wired, you might do anything. lol

  2. Too funny! It’s hard to believe that some people do these things, but I imagine it happens all the time. I don’t remember where I saw this, but an agent said that someone tried handing them their one-sheet under the bathroom stall! Um, I think it would have left an impression, but not one you’d want to leave. 🙂

  3. suzannestock says:

    This is a great post! I love the clips you used to illustrate very important points about maintaining professionalism. Blessings!

  4. Oh my…do people actually do this stuff?

    I think overall, all of these behaviors probably stem from people trying desperately to get ahead. It’s like those kids in grade school who want so badly to be liked that they act out (like talk really loudly) and do other random stuff…and instead of liking them, everyone just thinks they’re annoying.

  5. Melissa Tagg says:

    Hilarious, Michelle!! Hilarious!

    Not stalking your favorite author, good one. Last year after the gala, I asked Jenny B. Jones to be in a photo with me because she’s one of my all-time faves. I hope that wasn’t considered stalking. I was very polite. Didn’t force her at knife point or anything. hehehehe… 🙂

  6. jeannemt says:

    Love the movie, UP, Michelle. Dug is the perfect character to use to illustrate your points. 😉 Thanks for the tips, BTW. Really? No pj’s? Sigh. One other tip I’ve heard is being sensitive to situations where people (read agents, etc) are in a conversation, not interrupting them or even being close enough to eavesdrop.

    Seems like courtesy is the key for our interactions at conference and in life. 😉

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