I've got writing conferences on my mind this morning (also a film deal, a contract, and the location of Mali, but writing conferences right this second) since I'm packing my portmanteau and prepping to teach a class at the Surrey Writing Conference this week.
This post over at Murderati struck a chord.
Pari Noskin Taichert makes the very good point that you don't want to focus exclusively on agents and editors at conferences. You really want to make friends with the people who will be your author colleagues. She's right on the money.
If you're going to Surrey this weekend, you should be as open to meeting other authors and as invested in being collegial with them as you are meeting any of my ilk. Chances are they are nicer anyway. At least this one is.