The first of my in-person fall writing / book conferences begins next week and I am so excited! I haven’t physically been to one in a decade, so I’m putting some thought into making myself comfortable while there.
At the SCBWI Carolinas “Swinging Into KidLit” fall conference, I’m going to be networking, on my feet a lot, and taking in tons of marvelous information, so I’ll need supplies to remain poised throughout each day.
I need a Conference Essentials Kit.
First, I’ll define my goals for the show, and then list whatever I think I’ll need to reach those goals.
Network With Other Local Writers
Meet Agents & Publishers
Stylish tote (deep enough to hold everything below, compartments & long handles a plus)
Brand new pen (yes, I’ve run out of ink taking notes in the middle of a presentation before)
Apple Pencil (for a sketch sesh)
iPhone with ALARMS SET for appointments (Intensives; Critiques; Volunteer commitments)
External battery fully charged
Printed schedule / Conference program
Business cards printed with my contact info & my manuscript PITCH ( 1 style for each ms pitch)
Business card holders ( 1 for each different card style)
Jacket (never forget the high-octane air conditioning of a conference hall)
Comfortable yet stylish shoes
Primping gear (e.g., cosmetics, hairbrush)
Tablets for allergies / tummy troubles
Mints to share (make friends!)
Packet of Hydration Multiplier (mix it into water to double the benefits, or add it to soda if you have to)
Stylish mask just in case
Band-aids (2) for paper cuts / blisters from stylish shoes
If I think of anything else over the next 7 days, I'll add it here. Please add any ideas in the comments!