Having been to many conferences, I have (from experience) seen with (my own eyes) what makes for a big Splash. So if you want to make a Big Splash (from herein known as BS) you should do as these authors* have done:
1) Hassle agents in the bathroom about submissions – slide the darn thing right under the door of their stall if they insist on acting coy.
2) Carry a huge (800 page) manuscript around and beg people to read it. Better still, if you can carry two or three of these around put them in canvas bags and sling them over your shoulders. Follow agents around like a pack horse whinnying your pitch.
3) Make sure your “look” for the conference is eye-catching. Sequins, expanses of bare skin, feather boas (the kind that shed floaty feathers are the best) and a huge hat and/or lots of jewelry will set you apart.
4) Wear a long necklace with clips and put all your cards and bookmarks on it. Pull them off and hand them to Everyone you meet. Make sure your nametag is particularly flashy.
5) When you put your cards and bookmarks on the promo tables, make sure to sweep everyone else’s promo shit aside. When it’s your turn to man your publisher’s table, idem. Push everyone else’s promotional material aside and set yours front and center.
6) Chase after the male models screaming ‘I want your BABY!’
7) Don’t forget to tell everyone that Your book is the only good one out there – the rest is just trash.
8) Hang out at the bar & drink cosmos until your see triple, and make sure you flirt with everyone. Falling off your bar stool gets you noticed as well.
If you do all these things, I promise that people will be talking about your BS for years to come.
*N.B. I have seen these authors in action, and it’s not a pretty sight.