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

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Why Attend a Writer’s Conference?

In my blog of May 25, 2016, I invited folks to submit ideas for future blogs. Today’s blog is to respond to Rebekah Love Dorris’s question: “As a busy parent of young children, I scramble to find time to even write. How necessary is it to attend conferences if I …

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Realm Makers 2016

I just spent the last few days with a lot of fun people! The Realm Makers conference was held on the Villianova University campus in Philadelphia with nearly 200 in attendance. I had the honor of teaching nearly six hours in a continuing session on the spiritual life of the …

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Once You’re at the Conference…

Conferences are fun and busy. Here are some tips on how to enjoy them even more! Be Mindful of What You Eat Since many conferences have plenty of delicious food, it’s easy to overindulge. I find that if I don’t overeat, I feel better. It’s extremely important for those with …

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Preparing for a Conference

When getting ready for a conference, writers agonize over creating the perfect one-sheet sales pitch, polishing manuscripts, and how they’ll conduct themselves when meeting with agents and editors. But not every preparation is writing-related. I’ve been on faculty at many conferences and I’ve learned a few tricks to help make …

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How To Make Agents’ Blogs Work for You

We at the agency love it that so many of you come here every day and read what we share with you. And we do everything we can to ensure that what we share here informs, enlightens, and uplifts you brave souls navigating the publishing world. So last week, when …

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The Blue Ridge Writers Conference 2016

Last week was spent in beautiful mountains of North Carolina at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference at Ridgecrest. Since I wrote in my last blog about why I go to a conference I thought it might be interesting to run those four points against last week’s experience. Teaching This was …

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