Let’s face it, those conference networking events are full of anxiety and nervousness. You know you’re supposed to talk with agents and editors and make a ton of small talk. You also hate small talk. Everyone hates small talk.
Inspired by a Small Talk article on Inc.com, I’ve both stolen and created twelve questions authors can ask to help you banish small talk from publishing parties forever.
12 questions to kill the small talk
- What’s your story/how did you get into agenting/editing?
- What excites you most (about your job)?
- What would you want every client to know about you?
- What subject matter do you never want to read about? Why?
- If writers could walk away tonight with any one bit of knowledge what would you want to teach them?
- If you could represent/edit only one author who would it be and why?
- When was the last time you failed spectacularly at something?
- What do you value more, book smarts or street sense?
- What is the greatest lesson you have learned from one of your clients?
- If there’s one thing you could do while here (at the conference or in the city) what would it be?
- If you had to pick any character in a book, movie or TV show who is most similar to you, who would it be? Why?
- How different is your job today from when you started in publishing?
Good luck and enjoy!