J is for Jenny…Who’s Bar-Hopping at #Writer’s In The Storm Today! #AtoZchallenge

OK, I’m not actually bar-hopping. I’m talking about where to meet agents and editors at a writing conference, and THE BAR is one of the many hot spots I talk about.

Click here to find out the other fool proof methods of meeting the people you want at a conference without becoming a stalker. Here’s some applicable photos to make you smile. If you’re here looking for the ROW80 Linky to cheer on your teammates, click here.

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If you go to conferences to pitch your book, here’s Laura Drake’s post – Part 1 of this “Conference series” – How To Improve Your Pitching.

Have you ever been to a writing conference? What is your FAVORITE conference? Do you pitch? What’s your best tip for stalking meeting the agent or editor of your dreams? Enquiring minds always  want to know these things here at More Cowbell!

Jenny

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28 Responses to J is for Jenny…Who’s Bar-Hopping at #Writer’s In The Storm Today! #AtoZchallenge

  1. Bar is good. But most SCBWI conferences strongly suggest not to pitch but to just meet and greet. It’s nice to get to know editors as people.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Oh, I agree with that, Jaye. Pitching belongs in the pitching sessions. But I strongly feel that the more research you do on your prospective editor or agent, the smoother your potential relationship will go. The two of you hope to become co-workers after all.

      That being said, if an agent or editor asks you what you write, the door is open for a discussion (not a pitch).

      Thanks for taking time to comment!

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  2. Damyanti says:

    Never been to a writing conference, cos there are none in my country. Keep getting envious of writers’ adventures at conferences tho.
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  3. I love writing cons. I’m sad I’m missing DFWCon this year (the budget wouldn’t allow it since I’m doing Margie’s IMC this summer) but I will be making a reader con in NOLA this year that I’m super excited about.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I understand completely, Suzan! I’m doing DFWCon for the first time this year and I’m SO excited!!! I hope you’ll tell us all about the NOLA conference after you go.🙂

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  4. tomwisk says:

    One day I’ll write the almost perfect story and enter it into a contest, win the Grand Prize and have to beat agent offers off with a stick. Nice dream. Gotta do the writing first.

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  5. Julie Glover says:

    I loved DFW Con last year and am going again in May. I was a wallflower last year, itching to meet agents but scared as a trembling chihuahua. This year, I’m on the chillax plan. I’m thinking I can stalk — I mean, meet agents by inviting each one up to sing a karaoke duet with me in the bar. A margarita or two should get us all going, don’t you think?😉

    Seriously, I am jumping right over to read your suggestions. I do plan to mingle more this time around. Whether or not an agent wants my book or we match up, book agents are interesting people and may have a perfect bit of advice or could simply make the moment a fun one. Might as well enjoy this ride!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      An introvert who sings karaoke duets?? I’m completely impressed! Surely that will have those agents lining up…LOL.

      I think it’s the writers you meet at conference that make it all so fun. I can’t wait to meet all my peeps in person!!!

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  6. I’ve been to a few conferences and I think I stalk fellow writers more than the agents. I really like AWP and the DFW Writer’s conference. I’m an agent “handler” again this year at DFW, which is probably the easiest and quickest way to meet agents. I bring them coffee or drive them to lunch, so it’s not so weird to bring up my book, but I only do it if they ask.

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  7. Dahnya Och says:

    I’ve never been to a writing con, but I’ve always wanted to go. Come to think of it, I’ve never joined a real writing community… before now. I’m so in love with ROW80…

    At any rate, have a great day Jenny!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      You are in the right place, Dahnya! We love community over here. Our WANA peeps and our ROW80 peeps. We also have a secret society called the #pantypeeps that only comes out of hiding when the Undie Chronicles visit More Cowbell.🙂

      Great to meet you!

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  8. I LOVE writers conferences—my faves are ThrillerFest and Bouchercon. Hope you’re having a blast stalking! Er, RESEARCHING.😉

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      With note be a mystery/thriller writer, I’ve never been to either of those but I hear EXCELLENT things about them.🙂

      I am having a blast…researching. LOL.

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  9. Kate C. says:

    Wait, wait, wait… we have to go to conferences now? And MINGLE??? DAMMIT!

    Seriously, though, I think I would fail at that as much as I have at Twitter. By which I mean it scares me and I never tried it.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      You must, Kate. Not often…but maybe once a year? And on the Twitter front, we’re all over there to make it easier on you! Go ahead and give it a whirl.🙂

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  10. amyshojai says:

    Ooooooooh, love this! And I love writer cons. Let’s see, every year I go to the Cat Writers Association Annual Conference (http://www.catwriters.org) and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc annual con (http://www.owfi.org). I’m a past prez of both. Lots of furry critters and critter-loving folks at~~~wait, YOU guess which one has all the critters. *eg* Really hard to pick a fav but Thrillerfest has to be the top. I wear my sparkly rhinestone #1-Bitch pin on my badge holder–instant conversation starter. And I agree, the BAR is the best place to network. Although the OWFI con has “buzz sessions” after the banquets from about 9pm—>? hosted by editors/agents/speakers in their rooms or around the hotel to schmooze/talk about all sorts of industry and writerly schtuff.

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  11. First, I guess I didn’t look at your other post close enough, so sorry for that gaffe! This post is totally helpful and in good timing for me, because I’m going to a writer’s conference next week and am struggling with coming up with a “just in case pitch.” Thanks!

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  12. Reetta Raitanen says:

    To my knowledge, there are only two writing conferences in Finland. I’ll be going to the bigger one in the summer. Yay! I’d love to go to one of the Fantasy conferences in UK next year. That means I have a year to work up my courage to talk to an agent there😛 The Finnish book market is so small that there are no agents. You can submit directly to the few publishers we have.

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  13. Karen McFarland says:

    There are online conferences? Really? As you know Jenny that is right up my alley girl! Oh, am I excited. I am so sick right now, but when I feel better, I am all over this one. I will definitely check those websites out that you mentioned above. Thank you Jenny for this info!🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      You’re welcome, Karen. I think with the current economy, this is going to be something that gets more popular all the time. I’ll keep you posted as I find things out.🙂

      I hope you feel better soon. {{hugs}}

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