Once upon a time, I was a newbie.
I went to my first conference in 2007, armed with an unfinished manuscript and a bad case of nerves. I'd done a lot of research, knew that newbies shouldn't chase agents into the bathroom or badger editors.
I still messed up.
The kind agent who met with me gave me tons of valuable advice about my manuscript but didn't request to see more. That fact went over my giddy head. The last night of the conference I saw him in the lobby and said in a perky, nauseating voice, "I'll be sending that to you right away!"
He just smiled and waved, ever kind. I sent it to him, the word requested on the envelope, and received a form rejection.
The tone of my voice when I talked to him in the lobby still haunts me. I'm so afraid I'll see him at another conference and he'll remember me as the annoying pregnant girl who sent him a partial he never asked for. Eek.
Are you planning on going to a conference this year? Have you ever committed a faux pas at a conference? What is your greatest fear about conferences?