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TIPS FOR ATTENDING A WRITERS CONFERENCE
* Take plenty of business cards with you. Have all your contact information on them. If you can put a small picture of you on them, that will help people remember who you are.
* Introduce yourself to others. There are many shy people at conferences.
* If you sign up for a critique or conversation with an author, editor or agent, have your pitch ready and organized, write it down and practice it. Take their card and write something on the back of it to help you remember the person. Take notes of any advice they give you. After the conference, follow up with a thank you for meeting with you.
* Thank them after the conversation for taking time to meet with you and for any tips they have given. Do not refute or criticize their remarks, or get defensive or argue with them, if you don't agree. Ask more about what they say, if you can't think of something positive to say or you feel blind-sided by something they've said which isn't positive, you can respond with, "I see." Often when I don't agree at the time and feel offended, I realize the value and truth of what someone's told me later.
* If it's a conference where you can choose to sit at a table with one of the presenters, authors, editors or agents, do so. Book deals sometimes result from casual beginnings. If nothing else, you are bound to pick up tips or just learn about your fellow attendees.
* Give yourself rest periods. If the conference is over several days, it's easy to be overwhelmed and exhausted. You may have to choose to skip something.
* Not all experiences may be positive. View them as something to ponder and not as something that devalues you or your goals. Writing is a subjective business, and not all writers think alike, thank goodness, or we'd all be writing the same book!