Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Conference Preparation

Three cheers for you. You’ve decided to come to the Wordsowers conference here in Omaha.

Perhaps this is your first conference and you're wondering, “What do I do now?”

We’re glad you asked! Here is a friendly reminder-checklist for you. We don’t want you to forget anything. We’ll also be posting about many of these things individually. Stay tuned!

v  Register.

v  Invite a friend. It’s always more fun when shared. But don’t worry if no one is able to join you. You’ll make lots of new friends here.

v  Write. Write. Write. Pull out that manuscript you want to find a publisher for. Get a critique team and polish that piece till it’s better than you thought possible.

v  Prepare your One Sheet. Your one page pitch you’ll give to your editor or publisher when you meet with them.

v  Research editors/publishers who will be attending and skyping. Decide ahead of time who would be the best fit to represent or publish your manuscript. Tailor your pitch for them.

v  Order your business cards! Make sure you bring plenty! At Vista Print you can get basic cards for only $10. Don’t wait till the last minute. This, by far, beats exchanging handwritten information. And it is professional. (Hints: Put your picture on it. Make it easier for people to remember you. Use a professional picture.)

v  Examine your goals for coming. Is it to find a publisher? To make new writing friends. Education? If you are aware of your expectations, it will facilitate you reaching your goals as well as guard against frustrations and stress.

v  Prepare your heart: Pray. Breathe. Relax. Anticipate good things happening April 24-25, 2015 in Omaha, NE.

Have you attended a writers conference before? 
Do you yhave a piece of advice for those who haven't?
Is this your first writers conference? Do you have any concerns or questions?

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