I’ll be attending the San Francisco Writers Conference this weekend. In fact, this year I’ll be presenting a talk on blogging a book –come hear me speak on Sunday! A lot of people I know will be there pitching their books and attending classes to learn how to attract a traditional publishing deal or to create a successful self-published book.I’ve attended the conference or worked as a volunteer for six years or so.
Attending a conference may be the best investment a writer can make in his or her career. However, if you go unprepared, you may not get much out of that investment. So, here is a list of things to do to prepare yourself for the experience:
- Show up well rested.
- Bring a pad of paper and lots of pens or pencils.
- Bring a tape recorder.
- Bring lots of business cards.
- Bring a one-page book proposal (agents and editors don’t typically accept a full book proposal)
- Prepare and practice your pitch.
- Dress professionally.
- Be prepared for opportunities, such as a chance to get a professional photo taken (for the cover of your book or for your website), to speak with a book editor, to pitch to an agent, etc.
- Have a copy of your book proposal or manuscript handy for editing sessions or ask-a-pro sessions
- Check the schedule prior to arrival so you have a good idea what you may need for all occasions and what you plan on doing and hearing while at the conference.
Then relax and enjoy yourself. Be prepared to learn a lot. Don’t expect yourself to remember it all. Do intend to go home and put as much of what you learned to use.