Extract from Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
During the holidays, writing conferences slow down. However, the few conferences offered in December are vibrant with opportunities
The New York Pitch Conference is ideal for anyone with a finished manuscript. Dozens of agents and editors attend this conference to listen to pitches, and not only do you get a chance to pitch to an agent, you can take workshops that teach you how to pitch.
In an age in which agents frequently only accept submissions from writers they have met at a pitch conference, this is an event not to be missed.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – attending a conference is one of the best things you can do for your writing career. Conferences offer a unique opportunity to network with other writers, meet agents and pitch your book, and learn how the publishing industry works from editors and professionals.
I strongly urge you to plan ahead if you are thinking of attending a writing conference. Many offer scholarships that can significantly reduce the cost. And all of the intensive writing workshops have application deadlines. For a month-by-month list of conferences throughout the year see: Writing Conferences. (You will also find links to resources that can help you find conferences in your area on that page.)