OK, my problem is twofold and I seek some info and then some sage advice: I recently watched a Jim Butcher video where he says he made sure to go to lots of writing conventions to make personal contact with agents/publishers as this made them more likely to accept his work. Seems like sound advice and I notice a few other writers say the same. My fist question is to UK folk, the second is to everyone: What conventions are there in the UK that are actually worth going to? - Google was not much help! Second question is open it all: How on earth do you approach people when you're an unpublished first-timer? So much of the advice online is for people who already have some of their work 'out there', but I'm a guy starting from nothing. Any wise words out there?