What Do I Bring to a Conference?
It’s hard to believe that Realm Makers 2017 is just a couple of weeks away! Everyone involved with the planning is pulling all the details together to make this the best year yet. And many of us attendees are scrambling with last-minute preparations. One of those preparations begs the question, “What do I bring to a conference?”
So, we’ve put together a list of some of the important items to bring and things to consider when packing!
In the past years, we’ve had a wide variety of dress–from jeans and geek T-shirts to business wear. Above all, we want people to be comfortable. We do suggest that if you are scheduled to pitch to an agent or editor that you wear something closer to the business side as you want to be seen as a professional who is serious about their writing.
Yes, bring them!
Give them to stranger, give them to a friend,
Give them at the beginning and at the end.
Give them here, give them there,
Give them everywhere!
(And that is Ralene’s last attempt at Dr. Suess for the day.)
One Sheets/First Chapters
If you’re planning to pitch to an agent/editor at the conference, be sure to bring a one sheet and the first chapter of your COMPLETED manuscript. These tools help give the agent/editor a quick peek at the story overall and your writing skill.
In the past, I’ve brought one sheets and first chapters even if I wasn’t planning to pitch. Opportunities sometimes present themselves in spite of our expectations, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared!
Here are a couple of links to one sheet explanations:
Whether your a pen and paper person or more in touch with the digital side, you’ll need something to record all this wisdom for our award-winning faculty!
Extra Space in Your Luggage
You never really know how much books, swag, and other geek fun you’ll be taking home with you.
An “Extroverted” Attitude
It seems that most writers tend to be introverted, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m an introvert as well. Conferences are fun, but all the people can be a bit overwhelming and totally draining. However, they are also a time for networking and learning. So, don’t hide in your shell! Raise that chin up, put on a genuine smile, and get out and meet some new people. Make new connections! We can collapse for a week when we get back home.
This suggestion is tailored only to Realm Makers as we have an awards banquet that encourages costumes. It is not required, but it is always fun! We’ve had costumes from across the genres, from famous characters to characters from a writer’s unpublished story, from homemade to store-bought to customized, from elaborate to simple … and everything in between.
If you’re not planning to dress up (it is not required), something nice is still expected.
On the last night, after everything else is over, we typically have some sort of game night. A lot of people participate in the epic NERF gun war, while others gather together for geeky board games, while still others sit around and chat. It’s a great way to close the conference with fun and fellowship.
If you have a book or 2 at home that you would like to get signed by an author you know is attending or officially at the author book signing on Saturday night, don’t forget to pack the books. Of course, a lot of authors will have books available in the bookstore as well!
That’s a quick list of things not to forget!