Networking: It's Why You're There
|Networking... the real-life Game of Thrones|
Before The Conference
Before the conference is where you do your homework and make your battle plan. I recommend that you have the following networking preparation done before the conference.
- Research attendees & plan interactions
- Order business cards
- Prepare your log line & elevator pitch
- Plan 'must-see' presentations
- Set conference goals
On the conference website, they'll provide a list of the publishers, editors, agents, and authors that are attending the conference. Make a prioritized list of who is from where and what you want to talk with them about.
Order Business Cards
Business cards are critical because this is how everyone you meet will remember you. You want a professional looking card with multiple ways to contact you.
- Mailing address
- Home & cell phone numbers
- Social networking sites
Preparing your log line and pitch is information I'm not sure I'm the one to teach. But if you're going to network, you need to have these ready. Learn how and be prepared!
Plan 'Must-See' Presentations
|Meeting Author J. Scott Savage|
Set Conference Goals
I recommend prioritizing your goals by setting nine: three 'A' goals, three 'B' goals, and three 'C' goals. Nine is only a suggestion and you could have more or less depending on your needs. The 'A' goals take precedence over 'B' and 'B' over 'C.'
A #1 - Pitch to Susan Chang, YA Editor for TOR BooksAt The Conference
A #2 - Pitch Lou Anders, Editorial Director - Pyr Books
A #3 - Sign up for Kaffeeklatch with Susan Chang
B #1 - Invite J. Scott Savage to lunch with writing group
B #2 - Pitch to Lee Harris, Angry Robot Editor
B #3 - Host meet & greet with other aspiring authors
C #1 - Attend blood splatter workshop, Sat. 4pm, room A204
C #2 - Talk to Shaun Ferrell about advertising on Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing
C #3 - Attend TOR room party
Now that you're at the conference it's time to attack! You know who you're there to meet and who you want to pitch your book to. You've got your goals (task list), so get going and make it happen!
|The morning walk, next to Pyr, Editor, Lou Anders|
While you're at the conference, look for additional opportunities. You may meet a comic artist that has a great lead on a cover artist. Or maybe that elusive podcaster you've been looking for will be at the conference's morning walk across town.
LOOK for opportunities.
After The Conference
Now is the time to refresh the contacts you just made and show how gracious you are. But, again, don't make yourself a nuisance.
- Send a quick e-mail or card thanking the individual for their time
- If someone requested something (like your first five chapters), get it to them quickly
- Take all your writer buddy's business cards and link-up with them through social networking and blogs
Get ready for the next conference!