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.