My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC
by Elfrieda Abbe
Come prepared. You will get more out of your workshop if you bring requested samples of your writing or queries and be prepared to ask questions and share experiences. Remember that no question is too basic. Writing is an ongoing learning experience for all of us.
Follow up. The conference is a great place to meet agents, editors and other writers. Take notes on who you need to follow up with after the conference. If you've pitched and idea to an editor or agent who expressed some interest or offered advice, a thank you email is in order. Send any requested materials promptly as well. For the conference presenter, it’s always fun to hear from a writer who followed your advice and went on to achieve their goals.