Several years ago, I attended a writers conference where I did nearly everything wrong. I wore uncomfortable shoes, I chose sessions based on popular authors rather than topics what would help my writing, I offended one writer by asking him a pointed question at a book signing. By the last day, I hadn’t met one person. Not one.

When the final session had ended, I decided it was my last chance to redeem myself. So, I turned around, bravely held out my hand, and introduced myself to the woman sitting there. Her name was L.L. Barkat.

Recently, I attended that same conference, eight years after my first experience. Though I am no expert at these events, I felt happy about the way things went this time around.

Are you planning to attend a writing conference this Spring or Summer?

Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of your next writers conference: