11 Responses to “How to start a conversation with an editor at a conference…”

  1. Jillian May 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM #

    Great advice. I’ll be sure to put it to use. I love to chat with people!

  2. Laura Thomson May 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM #

    I’m glad you published these two blog posts.

    It was a pleasure to meet you at WRW over the weekend. I confess to being one of those people who is mildly terrified of starting up a conversation with an editor or an agent, for fear of intruding, or being remembered as that woman. It’s even worse when I follow someone on Twiiter, as I feel like some kind of crazy stalker!

    Thanks for being approachable!

  3. Johnny Ray May 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

    Thanks for this post. Very good as usual.

    I enjoy making new friends at conferences and I know some editors and agents reserve time for special clients and authors they work with. Some times it is not easy to know when they are with a special person and don’t want to be disturbed.

    Most embarrassing moments happen some times when you don’t know who you are talking to but they know you.

    But I think the most important thing to do at conferences is to make friends and have fun. It also helps to stand out in some way where editors and agents remember you, hopefully in a good way. .

    Sir John

  4. Keira Soleore May 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM #

    Thank you for taking up my question and explaining clearly what is OK and what isn’t. I’m hoping that with that in mind, I’ll be less uncertain on whether I should approach an editor or an agent. I’ve always wanted to not seem to be encroaching, but you’re right. Editors and agents are there at the conference to meet people as people first and writers second.

  5. Darcy Drake May 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM #

    AHA! I knew I shouldn’t have started that conversation about solar eclipses and tidal waves in the ladies room. Just kidding! Thank you so much for posting on this subject. I’m extremely outgoing at conferences and events and love engaging in conversations, whether it’s for a new contact or to find out from which Etsy store they bought their necklace. Appreciate the ground rules! =)

  6. Laura K Curtis May 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM #

    I had to laugh at this – it would have been so much help to me a year ago. I was seated on a plane next to a great editor. I didn’t recognize her by face, but she was reading a romance novel, so I asked her whether she, like me, was en route to RWA. When she introduced herself, I pretty much stopped talking! Not that I would have pitched to her on the plane anyway, but it did stump me a bit–I figured she was going to get talked at for the next four days and would probably want peace and quiet.

    But I have to say, I take offense at your implication that Jessica bites. She’s a vegetarian, so you only need fear her if you’re a carrot!

  7. Sue Harrison May 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM #

    Loved this post, Angela. I do so have a tendency to talk and talk and talk when I’m nervous. Okay, remember now, just two or three sentences. Then shut up and listen! I think I can do this! Maybe. If I jot down crib notes to help me remember.

  8. Lynda the Guppy May 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM #

    Or in my case, as I’m not a writer, I started with “Hi, I’m FishWithSticks. Can I take a picture of your leg?” LOLOL.

    • Angie May 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM #

      @Lynda bwah! Yes, yes you did, didn’t you?

  9. Bronwyn S May 4, 2011 at 3:56 AM #

    Hehe, had to have a giggle over the staring at chest to find out names comment. Last year a heap of the RWAus girls knew I’d just had plastic surgery so many a person stared at my name tag =)

    Can’t wait to check out your shoes! Thats my favourite conversation starter.


  10. Eugenio Frisco June 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM #

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