The conference is only about 6 weeks away which means there are many authors out there getting sweaty palms—myself included.
This will be my first conference ever, of any kind. Go big or go home, right? Yikes! I’m really looking forward to the experience. I’m excited about meeting fellow authors and possibly a few agents and editors along the way. But mostly I’m excited for the workshops. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from some of the romance community’s best writer’s, agents, and editors. I want to go and absorb as much as I possibly can. I’ll be a giant sponge!
So looking ahead to the conference, what do I need to do to prepare? I have two manuscripts that are ready to pitch—and two pitch appointments! Eeek! What else do I need besides a couple of finished projects, a big smile and an over-eager attitude to learn? Here’s what I’m thinking.
-A notebook would probably be a good idea for taking notes at the previously mentioned awesome workshops. But do I need a laptop too? Or my ipad? What do people usually bring with them into the workshops?
-I figure I need a couple of new outfits. Since I’m a stay at home mom in my real life, my basic wardrobe of jeans, t-shirts and flipflops probably isn’t convention appropriate. So what do I need to wear?
-Swag??? Those little give away items that go in the goodie room, do I need those? Are you bringing any? How many does a person need to put in the goodie room when there are going to be 2000 people in attendance? Not to mention, my first book, Love and Lattes, isn’t due to be released until September. Is it worth it to put swag in the goodie room for a book that’s not available for another two months?
-Business card. Got those. 250 of them. Is that enough? Too many? Does it matter since they take up almost no space in my bag? LOL!
What else to I need to do/get/prep before nationals rolls around? Any help for this newbie would be fantastic.