Here’s a start on our FAQs – hope they help! If you can’t find an answer to your question, please use the comment box at the end of this post. Thanks!
- How will book signings be set up? If I bring my own books, how much space will I have? Can I bring an easel? Book signing will occur on the lower level of the hotel, with tables lining the corridors leading in and out of the bookseller’s room. We anticipate seating two authors per table; name signs will be provided but feel free to bring promotional materials. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee space for easels or other large signage.
- Are there chances to network? Yes. Every reception, meal, and break is a chance to network.
- What exactly is Blue Pencil and how much time will I have? See our website tab about Blue Pencil.
- What is a Cold Read? Are there formatting rules? See our website tab about Cold Reads.
- How can I find the conference registration desk and meeting rooms? There will be signs posted in the Vinoy, guiding you to all conference events. Our group has the hotel pretty much all to ourselves, so it should be pretty easy to find things.
- How will I know when and with whom my pitch appointment is? Answer is forthcoming – please check back!
- How should I prepare for my appointment? What if I faint? See our website tab about Pitching Etiquette.
- What if I miss my pitching appointment? Our agents and editors are tightly scheduled. There are no make-ups unless you’re in traction or captured by aliens.
- What if I see an agent at the water cooler in the lobby, in the restroom, or in the elevator? Can I pitch my book? No, not unless asked, which would be rare. Hello and a smile is always good. See our website tab on Pitching Etiquette.
- Can I leave a workshop or presentation to go to my appointment? Yes, but you might want to sit in the back or by the door to avoid disrupting the speaker.
- Is there a dress code? What about the banquet? Casual but professional. Banquet is dressy casual – or you can wear your favorite historical era clothing! (more on that later!) And, while St. Petersburg is pretty warm in late June, the Hotel Vinoy has up-to-date air conditioning, and you know what that means (bring a sweater).
- How can I meet others writing in my era? We’re thinking about two ways to do this: one, a bulletin board in a common area where people can put up notes to gather other like-minded era-writers together; and two, we might set aside several tables at the Saturday luncheon and have signs designating them by historical era or topic: Renaissance, American West, Victorian, Biblical, etc.
- What can my spouse do while I’m attending workshops? Aside from the pool, the spa, and the fitness center, there will be information about other attractions in the brochures in your tote bag. The beach is a trolley ride away, and you can always check current events at http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com .
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