I’ll let Mel Dawn take it from here. She’s going to tell us about the importance of networking at conventions, and other types of events.
How to Network at Conventions
by Mel Dawn
It’s difficult to network when you’re stuck in front of the computer all day. But you can sign up for conventions, conferences, trade shows, and courses, where you can network with real people. Keep a supply of business cards handy, because you never know when you’ll want to connect again.
You may feel uncomfortable simply handing someone your card, so be sure to introduce yourself first. And don’t just say how you can help them, present a common problem that their business may have, and offer a solution. And then hand them your card. Follow up after the convention, but don’t ask for anything! Develop a good rapport with them, then a few months down the road ask your contact if they have need of your services. Build up trust and friendship first.
One great event for writers, readers, artists, and publishers to network at is the Creative Ink Festival, held just minutes away from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Please find more information at the Creative Ink Festival Website—click here.