Six must-know tips for getting the most out of a writing conference

Pack right, plan early, and stay connected with this essential advice.

 

4. POWER UP

 

Planning on live-tweeting, taking notes on your phone, or shooting video? Bring a portable phone battery to stay fully charged all day long – outlets are usually either hard to find or in high demand at conferences.

 

5. SLOW YOUR ROLL (WHEN YOU MEET AN AGENT/EDITOR)

 

Stuck in an elevator, bar line, or airport shuttle with an agent or an editor? That’s great… as long as you don’t start shoving your pitch or manuscript at them. Cornering an industry professional is a pretty great way to make a pretty terrible first impression. Instead, strike up a conversation just as you would any other attendee, and feel free to later mention your encounter in a query letter to help put a face to your name.

 

 

6. BRING SNACKS

 

Sessions run long. Concession stand lines can run even longer. You never know when you have a mere five minutes in between panels to grab something to eat, so stock your conference bag with refreshments that are easy to eat on the go. Granola bars, non-chocolate candy, dried fruit, and mixed nuts are all tried-and-true conference favorites.