First Timer Information

What to pack:

  • Laptop and charger
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothing – dependent on the type of conference
  • Snacks to keep in your room
  • Moleskin and blister Band-Aids
  • Business cards
  • Flat Rate boxes
  • Sweater – hotels tend to be chilly, even with all those people around
  • No scented lotions/sprays. No perfume.

 What to know (general information):

  • Talk to people. Sit at tables with people you don’t know (meals are especially good for this), and strike up a conversation. It’s cliché, but the ol’ “What do you write?” question will work. It’s a writer’s conference. We write.
  • Try not to feel awkward staring at other women’s chests. Until we have a better way of carrying our conference badges, it’s the only way to tell what someone’s name is.
  • Hydrate. Hydrate.
  • Do NOT corner an agent or editor in the bathroom. It needs to be said. In general, don’t stalk agents and editors. If you want to meet them, make a pitch appointment.

 More information:

Ten Ways to Make the Most Out of a Writers Conference

Writers Conference Etiquette

Pitching to an Agent/Editor