What to pack:
- Laptop and charger
- 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.
Ten Ways to Make the Most Out of a Writers Conference
Writers Conference Etiquette
Pitching to an Agent/Editor