What to expect when you attend a literary conference, trade show, or book fair

literary conference and book fair

Your whole writing career could be changed by attending just one literary conference, book fair, or publishing industry trade show.

Not sure if you should attend a writing conference? Think about this: Whether you sign with an agent after a speed-dating session, have the chance to put your manuscript in the hands of your favorite indie publisher, or participate in a great workshop that helps you finish your next book, these events are all about connecting people to make magic happen.

Here are some tips on how to come prepared:

  1. How to Prepare for a Literary Festival: A Writer’s Checklist
  2. Pitching Your Book to an Agent at a Writer’s Conference
  3. One Writers Conference Can Be All the Catalyst You Need
  4. It’s All About You: Six Ways to Stand Out at a Writer’s Conference
  5. How to Sell More Books Through Conference Appearances
  6. Top Ten Tips for Authors Who Have Booths at Festivals or Book Fairs

Oh! Bring some of those 100 books!

Got any tips to add to this list? Let me know in the comments section below.


Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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