Why Do Agents Attend Writers Conferences?
Blogger: Rachel Kent
I just bought my plane tickets for my trip up to Seattle for the Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal Conference in April! I’m excited to get to be a part of their conference this year. I went to this conference for the first time the year before last and enjoyed it.
Obviously, agents go to writers’ conferences to meet potential clients, but are there reasons beyond the obvious, too? YES!
Here are a few of the other reasons I like to attend writers conferences:
1) I attend conferences to help authors learn about publishing and what agents do. I usually teach one or two workshop,s and I’m available for appointments–not only for pitches, but also to help answer questions that authors might have.
2) I always enjoy gathering with fellow bibliophiles and worshiping God with other Christians. The worship time at many Christian conferences is a highlight for me. And worshiping surrounded by people who love books is a small slice of heaven.
3) I take time during conferences to talk with the editors who are also there on faculty. It’s a great time for us to connect face-to-face to discuss projects that are in the works, find out what the editors are looking to acquire, and discuss projects that I have to pitch that might be of interest.
4) I like to take the time at conferences to connect with my clients who are also at the conference. At larger conferences where there are many clients gathered, we’ll host a get-together for all of our agency clients to meet and mingle. I try to fit in one-on-one time with each client, too.
What are some reasons you like to attend writers’ conferences?
What conference are you attending next?