The first keynote is less than 24 hours away. Your palms are sweating. Your heart is doing jumping jacks. Your mind is racing.  No worries... Here are 5 more tips to help you enjoy the SCBWI Summer conference. (Tips #1-5 are posted HERE.)

Tip #6: Say Hello!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the kid lit community is like a family. If you find yourself alone, say hello to someone. It’s easy to make new friends connections, especially if you’re hanging out in the lobby each evening.  Likewise, don’t be afraid to approach an editor or agent and introduce yourself. Of course, always be professional and never corner someone in the bathroom with your manuscript in hand. Seriously, I’ve heard some nightmare stories.

Tip #7: Expense It!
Save receipts for everything you do. All your meals, hotel, airfare, and books are tax deductible.

Tip #8: Remember It!
When someone gives you a business card, jot down a quick note of something that will help you remember them. You will most likely get A LOT of business cards. If you’re Facebook and/or Twitter savvy, friend and follow them when you get home to keep in touch. Another way to recall all the fun is to take pictures. Don’t forget your camera.

Tip #9: Post It!
If you have a blog, or are on Face Book, Twitter, or any other social networking site, post your experience. Remember not to post too much detail about the speeches though.

Tip #10: Relax, Be Yourself, Smile and HAVE FUN!

See you there!!!