Gail Carriger’s Dos & Don’ts of Writing Conferences

Miss Manners

How to act at a con . . .

  • Do: Wear deodorant.
  • Don’t: Wear cologne or any perfume that costs less than $30. Better nothing than cheap.
  • Do: Wear nice clothing and possibly a “talking point” peace of jewelry, pair of shoes, or T-shirt.
  • Don’t: Wear shorts or anything so old it’s pilling, has holes, or is threadbare.
  • Do: Ask people questions about themselves, it’s everyone’s favorite topic.
  • Don’t: Talk politics, religion, relationships, or medical problems.
  • Do: Check your teeth for lipstick and food, your nails for dirt, and your glasses for smudging.
  • Don’t: Forget breath mints.
  • Do: Smile.
  • Don’t: Hunch over into yourself and mumble.
  • Do: Obey the 1 – 3 – 5 rule (1 shower a day, 3 square meals, and at least 5 hours sleep)
  • Don’t: Dance or sing unless you’re a professional.

One final word of warning.
When asked the question, “How are you?” An honest answer is NEVER appropriate.

Quote of the Day:

“Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.”

~ Elbert Hubbard


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