Be considerate of others:
- Don’t bring your children to a writers conference.
- Turn your cell phone to off or vibrate. If you receive an emergency call, step out of the room to talk. Don’t text during sessions.
- Be on time to sessions.
- If you must leave a session for a critique (or any other reason) sit near the door and leave (or re-enter) discretely
- Don’t monopolize a speaker’s time.
- Don’t share the handouts you receive with other people in print or on line without the speaker’s permission.
- Dress comfortably, but professionally.
- Don’t expect an editor or agent to read & review your manuscript on the spot.
- Don’t corner editors, agents or speakers in restrooms, etc.
- Be on time to appointments and finish on time.
- Bring only your best work to share.
- Bring a “One Sheet” for each of your manuscripts to offer editors and agents if they ask to see your work.
- Prepare a one or two sentence “Elevator Pitch” for each of your manuscripts. Memorize them in case an editor or agent says, “Tell me about your story.”
- Prepare for your appointments with a brief list of questions you want to ask.
- Come ready and eager to learn how to improve your craft.
- Come prepared to be encouraged and to encourage others.
- Come prepared to be inspired.
- Come prepared to hear from the Lord.
- Come prepared with notepads, pens and pencils, your laptop, your camera, your phone charger.
- Bring professional looking business cards to exchange.
- Bring a large tote bag for collecting fliers, hand outs and goodies.
- After the Conference organize all those papers to maximize their usefulness.
- Come expecting to renew old friendships and to make new ones.
- Reach out to others, deliberately sit with new people.
- Come prepared to share and to listen to others share.
- Come prepared to pray for others.
- Come ready to have lots of fun.