That also means many of you will be seeing an editor and/or an agent. You will talk with them at the dinner tables, in the hall, during an appointment. It's entirely possible all of your carefully practiced "elevator speeches" will fly out of your head. (It always does mine. I rarely get it in a single sentence and I've still managed to sell more than a dozen books.)
So I thought I would share some of my observations and experiences.
- Your passion for your story will come through and impress the editor.
- The editor is more interested in hearing from you than looking at the one sheet.
- It doesn't hurt to mention why you think this story is a good fit for their company.
- Bring samples of your writing. They won't take your chapters with them (probably) but they will read and get a sense of your ability to write.
- Accept rejections with grace.
- Don't feel you have to leave as soon as they say "no" (although you may). The appointment isn't only a sales pitch; it's also a chance to talk with an industry professional.
- The fact you are at the conference speaks volumes about you. You are committed to learning and improving. Editors appreciate this; they will be more willing to look at things from you in the future, regardless of what happens this year.