Are you inviting agents to be part of the conference?
Here are some things I thought would be obvious, but my mail indicates otherwise.
1. Address the email to me, not a bcc to a long list of agents. It's an invitation; at least pretend you really WANT me to come.
2. Include the date and the YEAR. I'm booking dates for 2011 already. Be specific.
3. Specifically state you will pay for meals and transportation. If you don't say you will, I'm not going to write back and ask- its embarrassing. I'm simply going to say no. You MUST cover both.
4. Please do not tell me you'll "waive the conference fee" as if it's some kind of bonus. Agents do not pay to attend writing conferences. Not now, not ever. I pay to attend conventions like Bouchercon and Malice Domestic, but if you expect me to take pitch appointments, I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for the privilege.
5. Please tell me if the conference location is accessible from the train station or airport by cab or shuttle. If it's NOT, you'll need to tell me you'll arrange transportation. This is one of the biggest problems for NYC agents traveling to the rolling hills of Out There: many of us don't drive.
6. Include the time the conference starts and ends. Friday at 8am in New Jersey is a whole different travel schedule than Friday at 3pm in Baltimore.