A flavour of the RNA conference, photo by Mark of Mostly Books. For comprehensive and useful writerly reports on his talk and others see blogs by Ray-Anne and Debs and Liz
See Mark's blog too, of course, but ignore his phrase 'fierce drinking'!
Here are hints from the excellent talk by Literary Agent Caroline Sheldon - her 10 pet hates:
-single spaced manuscripts in tiny fancy fonts (should be double spaced)
-lacklustre submission letters with little information
-proposals for 'fictional novels' - what other sort are there?
-non-consecutive chapters - always send the first three
-invitations to 'peruse' a manuscript
-humorous submissions that aren't funny
-rusty paperclips, treasury tags, too much sellotape
-undersized envelopes, unstamped envelopes, international reply coupons
-absence of contact information and undated letters
-submission letters that say your mum loved it