1) Work As A Team
Person #1 needs to get in line for the panel/workshop. Person #2 needs to leave the workshop early to get in line for the signing. If you’ve got more people–great more division of work.
2) Divide and Conquer
If there are multiple panels/workshops at the same time, split up and swap notes. That way you get the most out of the day.
3) Arrive Earlier Than Early
Some panels have limited seating and are super popular. If there is a panel you are dying to see, plan to line up at least an hour early. And the first morning of the event, get there at least an hour early to get the lay of the land.
4) Pace Yourself
The days are jam-packed with more events than anyone could get to. You are going to want to do so much, but make sure you find a break for lunch and to walk around and see all the tents and activities.
5) Plan Ahead
Download the schedule and figure out what your top picks are for the event. Sometimes you want to hear an author talk more than you want a signed book and vice versa. And check out the bookstore tents–sometimes they have signed copies available too.
6) Change Your Mind
Sometimes a panel isn’t what you were expecting. Maybe the moderator refuses to stay on topic. Or the panelists get into a verbal sparing match. Or the discussion isn’t touching on what you are interested in.
Whatever it might be, feel free to leave if you don’t feel you are getting something out of the discussion.
If you planned ahead you probably have a second option for that time slot, go check it out. And if not, take a break and stroll around.