BLOGGER: RACHEL KENT
Serving on the Agent Panel workshop and meeting with writers.
WHY I ATTEND WRITERS’ CONFERENCES
Thank you for the opportunity to share on the Mount Hermon blog.[Mona: We’re happy to hear from you, Rachel. Thanks for the post!]
I’m excited to get to be a part of the writers’ conference next year. I always enjoy the Mount Hermon conference! I have met a lot of my clients there and the classes are top notch.[Mona: We’re thrilled you’re going to be with us and part of the faculty in March.]
Obviously, agents go to writers’ conferences to meet potential clients, but are there reasons beyond the obvious? YES!
Here are a few of the other reasons I like to attend writers conferences:
1) I attend conferences to help authors learn about publishing and what agents do. I usually teach one or two workshops. I am not teaching at Mt. Hermon this year because I have to leave on Sunday, but I will be participating in an Agent Panel workshop Saturday afternoon and I’m available for appointments–not only for pitches, but also to help answer questions writers might have.
2) I always enjoy gathering with fellow bibliophiles and worshiping God with other Christians. The worship time at many Christian conferences is a highlight for me. And worshiping surrounded by people who love books is a small slice of heaven.
3) I take time during conferences to talk with the editors who are also there on faculty. It’s a great time for us to connect face-to-face to discuss projects that are in the works, find out what the editors are looking to acquire, and discuss projects that I have to pitch that might be of interest.
4) I like to take the time at conferences to connect with my clients who are also at the conference. At larger conferences where there are many clients gathered, we’ll host a get-together for all of our agency clients to meet and mingle. I try to fit in one-on-one time with each client, too.
What are some reasons you like to attend writers’ conferences?
Will I see you at Mount Hermon’s Christian Writers’ Conference 2016?
Come meet Rachel Kent at Mount Hermon in March!