That is some great advice. However at least around my region many of the smaller 100-300 person conferences do not have a call for papers, they seem to do the hand picking. I agree larger conferences on the state/national levels do have calls for papers; however are they willing to go out on a limbs with people they don't know? Or do they look for extensive speaking experience? I can't imagine a conference like emsexpo taking a 1st time speaker, or am I mistaken?