I am attending a writer/blogger conference in Fargo, North Dakota, this month.
I looked back on my writers’ conference tips, written last year. I also wrote about “branding” back in 2013 – you can see that link here.
For this conference, I thought…
How do I want to present myself? (The Word Shark, editor extraordinaire)
How do I want to dress? (professionally, in colors to match my website and blog)
What do I need to have? (biz cards, a name tag, give-away pens)
People are going to remember me because…
I dressed like a professional editor – sensible shoes, a blazer, neat hairdo, spare make-up. And everything about me is going to scream, “Shark!”
I’m not going to use any entry-table name tag, no way. I made my own. You guessed it – it has a shark on it.
I will have The Word Shark biz cards and give-a-way pens with a shark charm (people will take me home with them).
North Dakota bloggers on FB
I discovered and joined the FB group, North Dakota Bloggers. There has been some chit-chat about the conference, and I have connected with a handful of attendees as well as presenters.
Research the presenters
Before any conference, you get a who’s-presenting email. Do look up these people, connect with them on social networking, follow their blogs ahead of conference time.
One of the presenters at this conference is the editor of a local, regional magazine. Will I have a couple of articles to hand her? You bet your dorsal fin!
Don’t just show up at the conference – engage. Talk to people, ask questions about their projects, and participate in discussions. Exchange cards so you can send a follow up email, “Nice to meet and you at the conference…”
When all the conference-goers go home
They will pick up my shark pen and say, “Hey, maybe I do need an editor.”
Got the shark name tag
Got shark-pen give-away swag
Got a flashy shark shirt for downtown Fargo walk-about
Got a quiet shark tee and blazer for the conference crowd
Got the biz cards, ready to hand out
It’s all conference I’m about!
How do you prepare for a writers’ conference?
What’s your favorite thing about attending a writers’ conference?
Cool shark-charm pens custom made by The English Rose.