Episode 54 -How to Get the Most Out of Summer Writer Conferences

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In this episode, Chris and Becca talk about what to do before, during, and after summer writer conferences to get the best overall experience. Lot of tips for newbies and seasoned conference goers.

Show Notes:

-What you need to do before you even pack your suitcase. Get organized for maximum conference enjoyment!

-Why the conference hotel bar is probably the best place to network.

-How to decide which sessions to take in.

-How to get the most out of trade shows.

-The process of pitching a book at a writer’s conference.

-How to recover from FOMO fatigue after you get home.

-The pros and cons of “reader” conferences.

Be sure and add your tips and conference suggestions to the comments below. Let’s get this party started!


How to pack for a conference like a ninja: A video from author Erin Knightley

Connect with Becca on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beck_a_tron

Chris’ new book The Newbie’s Guide to Sell More Books With Less Marketing (includes a free online course on how to put together a master marketing plan you can really use)

How to leave a review of the podcast on iTunes (from our friend Stephen Campbell, host of The Author Biz podcast).

  • Chris Syme

    Glad you liked it Sandy–and good to hear from you! Thanks for weighing in on reader conferences. They are a tough event to make successful from the author side. Hope your summer is going well!

  • Sandy Williams

    This was an EXCELLENT episode! I wish I’d heard it years ago when I was going to writer’s conferences. Having a plan before going seems like such a no brainer idea, but I never did that. Next time I plan go, I’m relistening to this.

    Also, the part about reader conferences toward the end was spot on. After going to three RT conventions, I’ve decided never again. Sooooo many big names there, but that means small fries like me get ZERO attention, which ironically makes me happy in a way because I’m the type of person who wants to blend into the background and not be noticed. lol. But I have gone to one small reader conference before, Coastal Magic Con in Florida. It was small and only in its second year, but it was the best conference I’ve gone to in terms of connecting with readers because you would actually see the same person twice! Also soooo much cheaper than RT.

    Thanks for yall’s conference insights! Love you guys!

  • Chris Syme

    Excellent suggestion. I agree. Vendors should be willing to do this! Good call.

  • Ethan Jones

    Thanks for this episode and the rest. I love them all, learning so much.
    One suggestions would be to ask folks offering products and/or services at conferences for a free sample, a trial use of their products/services for a short period of time. Most reputable companies would be able to accommodate such request, which will give the user an idea of the learning curve and/or potential benefits.