Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vlog! What to Bring to a Writer's Conference

Hey! I made another vlog! It's a little on the long side (7 minutes!) because I ramble sometimes (though I cut a lot of the rambling out). And even though I'm wearing makeup this time it apparently wasn't enough because man those dark circles are kicking. But I think there's some good advice in there (and I added some amusing comments for those of you nice enough to actually watch the video and not surf the Internet while just listening...but frankly if you do either I think it's sweet.) Plus you get to see some of my wardrobe! So that's awesome. Anyway, here it is! (Links below are either mentioned in the video or just good general advice).

Links mentioned in the vlog:
My post on the importance of having a pitch, which includes links to other great posts (written by agents, authors, etc.)

Inexpensive business cards: (May I suggest springing for the premium designs, otherwise you get a very non-professional logo on the back of your cards. If you sign up for their emails they will send you coupons often, including ones for free premium cards.)

Out of Print Clothing

Good advice:
Frankie's post on packing for a writer's weekend
Rachelle Gardner asks if you should even go to a writer's conference
Hey! WriteOnCon is FREE! And online so you can do it in your PJs and don't need business cards or need to travel :)

And since I forgot to ask in the vlog, feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comments!


  1. Your hair looks so shiny, I want to stroke it!

    I don't know of any writing conferences here in NZ but these are some excellent tips to keep in mind. I should probably look into having buisiness cards made.

    Great vlog!

  2. Cute vlog--LOVE the shoes and LOVE LOVE the earrings. I wish I could go to SCBWILA in your pocket! And thanks for the linky love!

  3. Yay! Great vlog! I love your earrings! :-D I'm so excited for the conference.

  4. I'm all about the Vistaprint! They've got great business card creators, and you're right - they send lots of coupons for free stuff. Actually, they're sort of annoying about

  5. So NOT cheesy to bring business cards! It's, like, item numbero uno in the article I wrote about what to do at a writers' conference for the upcoming Guide to Literary Agents. Very good advice!

    You're right - it's inexpensive, and it's a great way to set yourself apart as a professional.

    Thanks for the great vlog, Heather!

  6. Very cute. :) I won't be at SCBWI but I'll be at RWA that weekend so we can exchange notes. Have a wonderful time!

  7. Loved this video! :) You are too cute! Andddd, I'm going to compliment you on your adorable headband.

    I can't wait to hear your recap of the conference. I definitely want to make a goal to go to one in the next year or so!

  8. Thanks so much for this vlog Heather! I need to get some business cards and accessories. Ack!


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