Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Conference Advice (Laurie)

I'll be traveling to Philadelphia, PA in just over a week to attend the Realm Makers writers' conference! Eeek!!! I'm so excited but also a little terrified because I'll be pitching my work-in-progress to agents and editors while I'm there. Wish me luck!

Between editing, getting my pitching materials together, and pre-conference jitters, I have to admit my brain has not been in any condition to come up with something original for an On Writing post. But since I'm doing lots of conference prep anyway, I thought I would share some of the other great conference advice posts I've found (with my commentary). Enjoy!

Preparing for Conferences, Your One-Sheet: Covers the purpose of a one-sheet and what it should contain, including examples!

What to bring when you pitch: A list of what to bring to a meeting with an agent or editor, with helpful explanations.

How do I prepare for a writing conference?: Advice from agent Chip MacGregor on how to prepare for a meeting with an agent or editor and how to make a good impression.

That Conference Appointment: Agent Steve Laube answers questions about his experiences with conference appointments.

Pitching at a Conference: Agent Rachelle Gardner shares her perspective on pitch appointments and other interactions with agents and editors.

Preparing for a Conference: Practical tips for feeling your best at a conference and getting the most out of it.

Conquering Conference Jitters: Suggestions on what to wear, what to bring, and what to expect to get out of a writers' conference.
How do I get the most out of a writers' conference?: Tips for making the most of attending a writers' conference.

The Introvert's Guide to Conferences: Advice specific to introverts on how to prepare for and cope with the many social interactions inherent to conferences.

Writers Conferences and Networking: Details the various types of connections writers may make by embracing networking at a conference.

Writers' Conference Follow-Up: A list of what to do post-conference to make the most of your investment.

Fellow Lands Uncharted blogger Elizabeth had an awesome series of conference tips, including quotes from other authors, on her author website on the following topics:
Part 1 - Agents
Part 2 - Learning
Part 3 - Network
Part 4 - Miscellaneous

And lastly, here's a post listing 36 posts on the Steve Laube Agency blog regarding writers' conferences: 36 Pieces of Advice about Writers Conferences

Have you been to any writers' conferences? Do you have any advice for me and other conference-goers?

See you next time!


  1. Wow! What an amazing post full of great resources, Laurie! Thanks! I will definitely bookmark this page to read when I am ready to go to conference! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Erin! I'm excited for you to go to a conference someday, I hope you find these helpful!

  2. Thank you for gathering all of this information! And for linking to my posts :)

    1. You're very welcome! Your posts were really well done, so I definitely wanted to include them! Thanks for commenting!

  3. These are fantastic resources to have on hand! Thank you so much!

  4. Yeah, great job putting this together! Saves us a lot of time when trying to find good resources. :)

    1. Thanks, Hannah! I hope you find them helpful when you're preparing to go to a conference someday!


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