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Conference Checklist from Rachelle Gardner

Many of us will be heading to the ACFW conference in about a week, so I wanted to give you a handy checklist of things to make sure you bring. Even if you’re not attending ACFW, you might find this useful sometime in the future for another conference.

  • Some concise and fascinating answers to questions like, “So, what do you write?” and “Tell me about yourself.”
  • Organized thoughts about the book(s) you’re pitching, so you can easily give a 1 or 2 minute pitch when asked.
  • One-sheets for each book you’re pitching—plenty of copies in case agents or editors want to keep them.
  • Business cards.
  • A printout of the first chapter of your novel (or a book proposal for non-fiction). You just need a few of copies since you will show them in meetings but probably won’t leave them with agents or editors.
  • A camera if that floats your boat.
  • A tote bag or brief case (not too big) to carry around your stuff, or simply a folder to hold your papers and keep you organized.
  • A professional-looking, business-casual wardrobe with comfortable shoes. A nicer outfit for the banquet Saturday night.
  • Some personal goals for the conference… and an open mind so that you don’t miss opportunities and connections that come your way unexpectedly.
  • A big smile, since it’s the best way to forge connections with others and keep yourself relaxed.

Readers? Anything to add?

You can read all my posts on writers conferences by clicking here.

Rachelle Gardner is a Christian literary agent affiliated with WordServe Literary Group in Colorado.

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