Two weeks away!
Every year, the Conference seems forever away–the fun, the networking, the food, the hotel bar, and the lovely weather–and then, boom, it’s here!
Well, today’s October 4. That means that my 27th birthday is next week and the conference is the week after. It’s just two weeks from this very moment, as you read this, probably.
In two weeks, you can get that novel you started last week ready an agent to see. (If you can, then you weren’t born on this planet.) But there are a few things you can do to make the conference experience the best it can be:
- Check out the conference program and plan your sessions. If you’re going with a group of people, look for ways to divide and conquer when there are multiple sessions that suit your interest.
- Make a list of people you want to talk to while you’re at the conference. This item comes with a caveat: if you’re looking to pitch or for an in-depth discussion with an agent or faculty, please book the session through FWA. The charge helps us cover the cost of the conference–we don’t typically make money–this is considered a service to the membership. That having been said, the breaks between sessions are long for a reason–so you can network. Please do, but make a point of network intelligently.
- If there’s an author appearing whose work you’re interested in, make plans to buy the book there. The conference bookstore should have just about everyone’s books available and you might be able to get your copy signed.
- Let people know you are going away for a working weekend. If we do our jobs right, the conference is fun. But it’s a working kind of fun. You aren’t sitting by the pool working on your tan. This is serious fun. You are, after all, a small business, or a potential one.
- Find your stretchy pants. Unfortunately the calories in the snacks and meals do count.