Ever been to a writer's conference? I've never been, ever. And I'd like to, because bloggers are always talking about how cool conferences are, how you could meet your agent, how they met their cool blogger friends in person, etc.
Plus a writer I know said it's a good way for editors and agents to see that you're not the mad writer lady wearing the sweatshirt embroidered with cats, accosting innocent agents and shoving your manuscript at anyone you see. That probably won't be me for at least another 20 years, so now would be a good time to go.
What I'd really love is to attend some kind of writing workshop/masterclass with an agent or editor to help polish my story, so I'm going to wait until my next novel (the one with all the crazy people) is finished. And then maybe hit a conference with a pitch session or two.
But it's still fascinating to read suggested conference etiquette, particularly from agents and editors. I want the advice, but I stay for the funny tales of awkward pitches from desperate, wild-eyed writers in the salad bar line or the elevator. It's kinda like how we enjoy reading query fails (I'm not the only one, right?). It makes us feel a little bit better as we slog down the road to publication. Or eternal rejection. One of those.
Anyway. All of this to point you to a cool post from agent Jenny Bent on conference tips for writers. Via Janet Reid.
P.S. Any conferences you've attended that you'd recommend? Or wouldn't recommend?