- Once I register, do I receive a confirmation email?
- I have to cancel my registration. What’s the procedure?
- When will I find out my editor/agent appointment?
- How do I make hotel reservations for the conference?
- I have special dietary needs. Who do I notify?
- Is a conference schedule available?
- Where can I access tourism information?
- How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
- How should I dress?
- Which meals are included?
- I’m an agent, editor, or a special invited guest, and have questions regarding hotel accommodations, airport transfers, etc. Who should I contact?
- Is there a Goody Room? Attendee bags?
- Is there a book fair and autographing?
- How do I schedule my special Editor & Agent appointment?
- I’m a Maggie Finalist but cannot attend the conference. What should I do?
Q: Once I register, do I receive a confirmation email?
A: Yes. You receive confirmation as well as a link to our Atlanta page which includes transportation and local attractions information. If you don’t receive a confirmation, please contact the Registrar at MMregistrar@georgiaromancewriters.org.
Q: I have to cancel my registration. What’s the procedure?
A: You must notify the Registrar ASAP via email at MMregistrar@georgiaromancewriters.org.
Cancellations received by August 1 are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Unfortunately, no refunds for cancellations are possible after that date.
Q: When will I find out my editor/agent appointment?
A: You will be notified when you check in at the beginning of the conference. Once these appointments are set, if you cannot make your appointment, you will have to wait and see if there’s an opening.
Q: How do I make hotel reservations for the conference?
A: The only way you’re guaranteed to receive the Moonlight & Magnolias Conference rate is to use the Hotel Reservation button on main conference page sidebar when it is activated. It takes you directly to our special hotel link with the Hilton Atlanta Northeast.
Q: I have special dietary needs. Who do I notify?
A: If your need is non-health oriented, please contact MMregistrar@georgiaromancewriters.org. If you have a specific health issue, such as a food allergy not listed on the registration form, please contact the hotel directly at (770) 447-4747.
Q: I need to plan my travel arrangements and don’t want to miss anything. Is a conference schedule available?
A: A complete list of M&M programs and workshops will be made available and posted on the Schedule of Events page.
Q: I’m from out of town and want to visit local attractions. Where can I access tourism information?
A: Atlanta has a wide variety of sightseeing possibilities. Check out our Atlanta Info & Travel page!
Q: How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
A: Please see our Atlanta Info & Travel page. For more information, visit www.itsmarta.com/rail-schedules-or-route.aspx. Car rentals and cabs are also readily available at the airport. The drive from airport to hotel is 31 miles and takes approximately 40 minutes. Plan extra time during morning and evening rush hours.
Q: This is my first M&M conference. How should I dress?
A: Business or business casual attire is your best bet. Consider bringing a sweater or jacket should you find Georgia air conditioning just a little too cold. Saturday’s keynote address/dinner/Maggie Award/dance is a more formal affair. Cocktail attire is recommended.
Q: Which meals are included?
A: This year, conference attendees will receive:
Friday: breakfast and lunch (on your own for dinner, but there are many excellent restaurants, coffee houses, and spots within shuttle or driving distance of the hotel. See our Atlanta Info & Travel page.
Saturday: breakfast, lunch (keynote luncheon), and dinner (part of the Maggie Ceremony)
Sunday: breakfast (craft speaker workshop)
Q: I’m an agent, editor, or a special invited guest, i.e. keynote speaker, and have questions regarding hotel accommodations, airport transfers, etc. Who should I contact?
A: Please email your questions to MMChair@georgiaromancewriters.org.
Q: I’m an author with promotional items. Is there a Goody Room? Attendee bags?
A: Yes. Please contact MMPromo@georgiaromancewriters.org. We are going green this year, so please no bookmarks or flyers. All other items are welcome for our Goody Table or attendee bags. If you have any questions about what we will accept, please contact our promotions coordinator.
Q: Is there a book fair and autographing?
A: Yes! Contact MMBookFair@georgiaromancewriters.org with any questions about deadlines regarding ordering books. Check the Book Fair and Autographing page by clicking on the link on the main conference page side bar.
Q: I’m a Maggie finalist. How do I schedule my special Editor & Agent appointment?
Q: I’m a Maggie Finalist but cannot attend the conference. What should I do?
A: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Q: What should I pack?
- Laptop and charger
- Comfortable clothing – dependent on the type of conference
- Snacks to keep in your room
- Moleskin and blister Band-Aids for your feet
- Business cards
- Flat Rate USPS boxes to mail conference goodies home
- Sweater – hotels tend to be chilly, even with all those people around
- No scented lotions/sprays. No perfume.
Q: Do you have any general advice or tips?
- 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.
Do you have links to any additional resources?
- Ten Ways to Make the Most Out of a Writers Conference
- Pitching to an Agent/Editor
- Attending a writer’s conference? Here’s how to prepare
- How to survive a writers conference: Dos and Don’ts to making it out alive
- Your best tips for attending a writing conference
- An Introvert’s Top 5 Tips for Writers’ Conferences