54 Pieces of Advice for Your Writers Conference Success

Our agency believes in the importance of a writer’s education and the value of the writers conference experience. We have written over 50 articles that can help you make the most of your conference experience, all of them are listed below. If bound in a single volume it would be a book of nearly 40,000 words. Enjoy!

Conference Preparation

The Writers Conference Decision

Six Excuses (That Don’t Work) for Not Attending a Conference (Guest blog by Linda Taylor)

Get Thee to a Writers Conference (Guest blog by James Scott Bell)

Preparing for a Conference

What Should I Wear to a Conference?

What You May Not Know Before Going to a Conference

Can’t Go to the Conference? Don’t Despair!


The Conference Itself

Conquering Conference Jitters

To Conference We Shall Go!

Goofus and Gallant Go to a Writers Conference

4 Tips for Surviving a Writers Conference

One Word to Increase Your Conference Enjoyment

4 Conference Success Secrets

Tools from the Front Lines: Writers Conferences

Conference Travel Mishaps

Conference Travel: What Could Go Wrong?

Once You are at the Conference


The Editor/Agent Appointment

That Conference Appointment

When Your Agent Appointment Flops

What Editors Wish You Knew About Meeting Them at a Writers Conference


Your Pitch

Do You Have Perfect Pitch?

One-Sheets versus Queries

The Wild Pitch

Get Attention with the Right Title

Do You Have a Great Title for Your Book?

High Concept: Catching Readers One at a Time

The Ultimate Sound Bite

A Great Hook!

Proposals: Creating a Strong Hook

This Offer Does Not Expire


Your Book Proposal

Hints for a Great Cover Letter

A Perfect Proposal

The Keys to a Great Book Proposal

Keys to a Great Synopsis

The Synopsis Tells the Tale

Synopsis Made Easy – I Promise!

Read All About It! – The Back Cover Copy

Would You Buy Your Own Book?

Setting Yourself Apart

My Book is Like…

Will You Vouch for Me?

Endorsements: How Important Are They?

Who Am I? – About the Author

Agents and Proposals: What to Expect

Two Mistakes Made in Some Recent Book Proposals

Attract Attention…in a GOOD Way!


An Agent’s Perspective

Why Do You Go to Conferences?

What Makes an Agent Say Wow?

Did I Say That?



Your Post-Conference Strategy

What Keeps You from Following Up?

The Beauty of Community

Making Friends at a Writers Conference

Starting Your Own Writers Conference

10 Responses to 54 Pieces of Advice for Your Writers Conference Success

  1. Jenelle. M September 22, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    I just smiled. Big. What a wealth of information all organized together, thank you!

    I’m keeping to local, smaller conferences and workshops this year. God knows if ACFW will happen next year. Those going to ACFW, I wish you wonderful week! 🙂

  2. Jeanne Takenaka September 22, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    What a great resource this is, Steve. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kathy September 23, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    Wow! I’m sharing this with my writers group and then saving it to digest properly after work today. Thank you for taking the time to pull it all together for us. I’ll be at the HACWN Conference in Kansas City this year.

  4. Steve Hooley August 15, 2016 at 5:54 am #

    Thanks, Steve!

    I was going over my lists, preparing for ACFW, and getting things together for the agents that I’m meeting with. On my list was “check past blogs by agents.” Wow! You’ve pulled it all together for us.


  5. Jackie Layton August 15, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Thanks for these great links. Many I’ve read over the years, but it’s good to be reminded before heading to Nashville!

  6. Ruth T. August 15, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Thank you! I have done much research lately to prepare for ACFW and ran across several of these. Looks like I have a lot more reading to do! Looking forward to seeing you and Tamela at the agent panels. 🙂

  7. Sheri Dean Parmelee August 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    Thanks Y’all! I needed this!

  8. cheryl August 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Yes, to comfy shoes! Glad you covered what to wear and not wear. I can’t promise that the jitters will be gone, but I do promise to enjoy hanging out with this community of writers in Nashville. Thanks for all the conference blogs.

  9. Tisha Martin August 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    A treasure trove of information. Thank you! 🙂

  10. Nancy January 19, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    I have been scheduled to do a March workshop in my area on the pros and cons of Indie publishing versus traditional publishing, ending with a short bit of advice on attending conferences. Thanks, Steve. With this page, the info for conferences is right at my fingertips.

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