Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stuff That Will ACTUALLY Help You at Storymakers!

Check out these pro tips from Chantele Sedgwick, author of Not Your Average Fairy Tale and the very soon to be released Not Your Average Happy Ending. You can check out her blog and writerly thoughts, book reviews, and general awesomeness here.

Are you super excited for Storymakers and have no idea what to bring? Here's a little list for those who haven't been to a conference before.

1. Tylenol. (You never know when your brain is going to explode from of all the awesome information it absorbs.)

2. Laptop or notebook. (You never know when that great idea is going to hit. AND you will want to take notes. ;)

3. A pen. Yes, a dumb little reminder, but seriously. You don’t want to be in the middle of an amazing class and not have anything to write with.

4. Business cards. This is especially helpful if you have a blog, twitter or a Facebook page and really want to network. Put your name and information on your business cards and hand them out when you meet a new friend.

5. Camera. Hello? I love taking pictures! Especially with all of the awesome people I get to meet in person! :D Don’t forget the batteries!

6. Breath Mints. You know why… ;)

7. Comfortable shoes. You don’t want to go back to your room because of blisters and miss out on any awesomeness.

8. And lastly, be yourself. Be ready to learn a ton and meet some amazing people. Enjoy the classes and don’t stress out about missing anything. You can’t be everywhere at once. Network whenever possible because these are your people. Writers just like you who are striving to do better and learn the craft. It's easy to feel overwhelmed at first, but once you go to a few classes, you'll feel like a pro.

And last of all, HAVE FUN! :D  Can’t wait to see you there!

Thanks, Chantele! You can check out DeNae Handy's rather, um, different advice on the same subject here, as well as all kinds of other helpful--and not so much--advice on all things conference related below:

How To Choose Classes:
How to Dress for Storymakes
How To Pitch to Agents/Editors:


  1. Tylenol/Advil is a must! Great advice. Can't wait for the conference! :)

  2. Such spot-on advice! This should be on every conference's home page.