Volunteer 7


For every successful conference, there is an army of volunteers working behind the scenes, people who want to make a difference. You may be wondering what prompts volunteers to offer their time and talent, and how they are compensated for donating a few hours to help out at the conference. The benefits are numerous.

Are you shy, someone who would rather clean out your closet than talk to a stranger? As a volunteer, you have a chance to meet new friends in an environment that lends itself to a common goal. Attendees look to you for help, either to guide them to the lunch line, take them to their pitch appointment, or hand them a tote bag at registration. Perhaps this chance encounter will lead you to a lunch partner, or the published author you meet will sit beside you at lunch, and later, endorse your debut book. Volunteering is the introvert’s best networking opportunity, a chance to strengthen your personal and professional mission by meeting contacts.

By becoming a volunteer, you show that you are serious about your career and intend to do whatever it takes. Your skills and talents are needed. The ribbon beneath your name badge, signifying you as a conference volunteer, identifies you as an insider, a valuable team member and someone who is willing to go above and beyond. Remember,  Industry professionals are seeking not only a good story, but a writer who is serious about advancing his or her career.

If these benefits are something you believe will help you, don’t forget to check the box on the registration form indicating your willingness to volunteer. Even if you have already registered, send an email to the contact on our website and be assured it will reach our Volunteer Coordinator, who will welcome you to the HNS team!


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7 thoughts on “Volunteer

  • Georgine Olson

    Since coming from Alaska is a long, tedious haul, I usually add some vacation time to Conferences – This means I can be put to work doing prep and/or cleanup tasks. Just let me know where I’d be most useful!

  • Robert Kresge

    I couldn’t agree more. I was a volunteer at the Salt Lake City conference and at more than 20 mystery-related conferences since 2000. Volunteering helps you meet authors, agents, and publishers and gets you noticed. I’ve been published for five years now and am working on a sixth book. I belong to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Historical Novel Society. I’ve rubbed shoulders and shared panel and dinner tables with best-selling authors. My books have been finalists for the Bruce Alexander and Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Awards and for two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Even though I’ve been published, I relish the chance to get involved again as a volunteer.

  • Jeff Heller

    I’m interested in volunteering at the next conference. Could someone please contact me and let me know what positions might be available for volunteers?