Happy Tuesday, everyone!
As per tradition, our final challenge is going to be an easy but necessary one for all conference attendees: Spending at least thirty minutes preparing for a successful conference!
Is this your first conference?
Awesome! We’re so happy you’re taking a major step to better your career. Refer to our Conference Critique Workshop #4 post that has general tips. Some ways even us veterans can prepare for the conference are:
- Printing business cards. Nothing fancy, just your name, phone number, and email address on standard business card paper from Staples is fine! You never know who you’ll meet and business cards are a lot easier than scribbling on scrap paper. 🙂
- Previewing books that our presenting editors and agents have represented in order to get a better feel of their tastes.
- Printing directions to The Claggett Center or loading the GPS now rather than waiting until Saturday morning when you’re already late! (Been there, done that.)
- Or reviewing the schedule to decide which breakout sessions you’d like to attend.
Have you paid for a critique?
Then refer to the same above Workshop #4: Surviving your first critique and prepare by:
- Printing a copy of your manuscript so you can follow along without having to crane your neck to read your reviewer’s copy.
- Making a list of specific questions about your manuscript or publishing in general so you’ll be ready if there’s any spare time and you’ll get the most for your money!
- And for a bonus: Memorizing a short, intriguing pitch for the manuscript you’re having reviewed and any others. That way, if an editor or agent asks, “Tell me about your story,” or “What else are you working on,” you won’t become all deer in headlights, and mumble, “Um . . . it’s, ah . . . you know, about a girl.” Again. Been there, done that.
Don’t have a pitch for your manuscript?
No worries, you still have time. Check out my Workshop #5: Perfecting Your Book Pitch post for tips!
Did you get Edie’s email with last-minute conference details?
Everyone registered should have received one. Make sure you read it for important bits of information!
Have you read all our pre-conference interviews? If not, here they are again:
Have you missed our previous challenges and still want to be entered in the drawing for our giveaway basket?
No worries, you still have time to catch up, but our deadline is Friday and you must leave a comment on each challenge post that you’ve completed for your entry to count. Here’s the links:
Have a great week, and an even better conference! 🙂