Authors, however, often find them to be tense, angst-filled meetings in which only the most confident can easily put their best foot forward.
Stressful for Authors and Agents "On several occasions at conferences," says Folio Literary Management's Jeff Kleinman, "someone sits down across from me, we introduce ourselves, and then the writer on the other side of the table bursts into tears.
Some conferences pair writers and agents for ten minutes of one-on-one time, often for an additional fee.
Where interest is mutual, the contact leads to a date.
Speed networking is the business version of speed dating.
These formats will be an exciting mix to encourage and enable a dynamic conference agenda, which will promote collaboration, provide new knowledge and support peer-to-peer learning.
This is an oral presentation in a session shared with other presenters to illuminate different perspectives and experience on the same topic.
During the timed “dates,” booksellers have the chance to promote their stores and discover what publicists look for when planning author tours.
Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career.
The presentations will provide the framework for the subsequent discussion and will be selected to encourage debate.
A roundtable allows for extended discussion among a small cohort of colleagues, giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions and meeting colleagues with similar interests.
Whether big annual conferences run by scholarly associations, or smaller more focused conferences and workshops hosted in various institutions, academics attend conferences regularly.