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Conference materials prep

Started by laurawrites, March 23, 2024, 06:52 AM

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H! I'm soon to be attending my first SCBWI conference. Is it common to bring a business card or some handout promoting your website, contact info, and/or projects you're pitching or querying? Thanks for the tips!


Conferences are a great opportunity to learn and network and make new friends and connections. I suggest you bring paper and pen to make notes. If you want to bring business cards that's great--you'll likely be giving these to other attendees as you get to know them and want to connect--perhaps to swap critiques or meet up in the future. It's less likely in my experience that you'd be giving them to agents or editors unless they specifically ask. Read through the conference info and see what opportunities there are. Is there a break designed to meet up with others? Do they encourage you to engage with others and post pics on social media (one region I know of did this recently) Do they have a display table for illustrators to place their portfolios on display? Are there first pages read alouds or pitch opportunities? If you're unsure of anything on the program and how to prepare, reach out to your region's RA to ask. Above all, enjoy and have fun!
Rebecca Langston-George

Debbie Vilardi

Everything Rebecca said is spot on.
Twitter: @dvilardi1


Thanks for the helpful information!

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