Notes from the Conference
Random things that are on my mind at 1:00 am as I’m finishing up day 3 of this 5-day conference…
1. If an agent or editor is walking quickly and purposefully, they’re probably late to a meeting. That’s not the time to grab them and introduce yourself. Standing in the Starbucks line or waiting for an elevator… better.
2. We always appreciate when you mention that you read our blog. Encouragement = good.
3. You don’t have to tell us you’re nervous when you’re about to pitch. Chances are, if you hadn’t mentioned it, we’d never have known. You’re fine, relax.
4. If you’re pitching to an editor or agent and you want them to pay attention, your story better have a strong hook. Find the hook in your story and tell us about it. Ask yourself what you’ll say to guarantee we’re thinking about YOUR project on our flight home.
5. Try not to say you have a quick question — you and I both know there’s no such thing.
6. Keep in mind that if one more person asks us how e-books are affecting the publishing industry, we might just spontaneously implode.
Got any funny or mortifying writers’ conference moments to tell us about?