|A normal Christmas party scene|
Preparation is 99% of success. Everyone going to one of these parties will be smashed, all you need to do is splash some gin and vodka over your clothes and grab a couple of bottles of each. You'll be more welcome than Santa in an Orphanage. Oh, you might need a camera, see below.
Tactic 1: Blackmail
The first method to get that publishing deal is blackmail. There's more inappropriate touching at these parties than in a xxxxxxxxxx when the sdfsdfsdfsdfsdf visits. So as soon as you get there start flashing away (taking photos, lift your mind from the gutter) and you'll have all the evidence you need to blackmail that editor into giving you a deal.
Tactic 2: Smoooosching
If you want to go the more subtle route the best plan is to loiter by the bar waiting for a likely target to appear, agents and editors are best. Anyone from Sales and Marketing will just drink your wallet dry and then try to touch you inappropriately. Editors and agents can be easily identified, they look insane, can't afford proper clothes and usually have a raft of unpublished manuscripts tied to their backs.
Once you have your target, approach. The first, ABSOLUTE FIRST, thing you must do is buy them a drink. You'll be on every blacklist, from London to Ulaanbaatar, quicker than a xxxxxxxxx up a Schoolboy's xxxxxxxxxx if you don't do this. But once that drink is bought you're in, they'll agree to publish anything, probably even this blog.
Good luck, you'll have a book out by March!
P.S. Wasn't last week's blog weird?