Conference Gold: Dos and Don’ts for the Upcoming RMFW Conference

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  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey September 10, 2013 at 10:02 am .

    Oh, man. Now I have to live up to “amazing?” How the heck do I do that?

    Excellent post, Julie. I’m very excited about the conference this year. The new tracks for writers at various skill levels is huge, the lineup of presenters is outstanding, and there seem to be a lot of new topic treatments. My greatest piece of advice to everyone is to take a break once in a while, even if it’s just to sit out in the lobby bar and talk to someone new. Pay special attention to anyone attending the conference for the first time too. They need encouragement and inspiration even more than the rest of us.

  2. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer September 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm .

    Great point, Pat. So much is going on, you do just need to take a break. I love the first timers. It makes me remember my first time at RMFW. Thanks, Pat!

  3. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek September 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm .

    One of these days I’m 1) going to have a real MS to present to someone and 2) dig up the funds to go to the conference. I’m book marking this fantastic advice to refer to. Thanks!

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer September 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm .

      We will miss you, Julie. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful MS very soon.

  4. Karen Duvall
    Karen Duvall September 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm .

    If you’re from out of town and unused to the high altitude of Denver, drink TONS of water, don’t drink too much alcohol, and be sure to get enough sleep. I never follow my own advice and pay for it every year, lol!

    Also, if you see one of the agents or editors in the bar at any time of the day or night, it’s okay to stop by and say hello. Don’t assume they don’t want to be bothered. They wouldn’t be at the bar if they wanted to be left alone. Last year, I stopped by to say hello to the Mira editor while she was in the bar and she’s like, “Thank you! I was starting to get an inferiority complex because no one was talking to me. I thought I had cooties or something.” Editors and agents are just regular people who have come to the conference to meet writers and hopefully find some new talent. You could be just who they’re looking for! :)

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer September 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm .

      Great advice, Karen. Adding to that, please don’t strike up a conversation while the agent or editor is mid-pee from all that time they spent at the bar. :)

  5. rebeccataylorya
    rebeccataylorya September 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm .

    Such great advice AND I can’t wait!!

    1. Julie Kazimer
      Julie Kazimer September 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm .

      Hi Rebecca, looking forward to seeing you. Will you have books available at the signing?

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