There are several things romance writers do each year to prepare for the national conference. Here are a few:
* Register for the conference and make travel plans.
* Prepare the professional writer wardrobe, including shoes and purse(s).
* Make a list of the workshops that will be the most fun/beneficial at this stage of writing path (either on paper or by excel spreadsheet).
* Practice, practice, practice the story pitch.
The pitch is divided into several parts:
The one line story pitch for casual conversation in the elevator and other quick meetings.
The three line story pitch for casual conversation with industry professionals who want to hear more when the one line intrigues them.
The full 10-minute pitch, which includes information about the hero/heroine, their goals, motivations, and conflicts used for editor/agent appointments.
Click here for an article on crafting your pitch by author, Winnie Griggs.