I can't believe it's finally here! I'm talking about this weekend's California Dreamin Writers Conference. This will be my second conference so I thought I'd share some tips to help you get the most out of this experience.
1) Keep your business cards on you at all times
You never know who will be in the elevator with you or sitting next to you at lunch. It could be a potential reader, it could be your dream agent. Or it could just be someone you liked talking to for a few minutes and want to follow them on Twitter and vice versa. So have a business card handy to pass on just in case!
2) Go to at least one workshop outside your usual genre or track
Sometimes you can't always judge a workshop or a speaker by a title or few sentence description alone. Who knows? You could learn something or meet someone important that will have an impact on your writing.
3) Have fun...but not too much fun
You wouldn't want to miss out on some morning workshops because you stayed out all night partying, would you? There are so many great speakers at this event that it would be a shame to miss out on learning something from them because you overslept.
Even if you don't know him or her, talk to the person sitting next to you during a workshop or at dinner. A conference is the best way to build your network of author friends.
5) Ask questions -- even if you think you already know the answer
This is the only way we learn. Not only that, but asking questions can open doors that you thought were locked. So don't be afraid!
Feel free to add your own conference tips in the comments below.
See you this weekend, I hope!