|Michelle Willingham, Fiona Harper & Fiona Lowe|
Connections are key. Now some saavy types call it networking. I'm not good enough at it for that. I find people I know (and like) and honey up to them. They'll introduce me to womever they're with and voila, I have more familiar faces to sit with at lunch.
The conference held such a positive vibe this year, it was easy to get excited about the future of publishing and a writers place in it. Stephanie Laurens gave a dynamite keynote, pointing out that "in the online publishing industry, only readers and authors are essential." She also noted the fundamental shift in our business. "In offline publishing authors sell their services to publishers. In online publishing publishers sell their services to authors." Such a brave and inspiring speech.
|Jennie Lucas, Fiona Harper & Donna Alward|
By the end of the weekend, nearly everyone has lost her voice and had her fill of conference chicken. We've seen who found the best shoes, who snagged the cutest dresses...and who hit the Nordstrom's half-yearly sale. (The RITA awards had a dress-of-the-night. I'm waiting for someone to do a who wore it best post.)
For those who want workshop details, check out my blog. If you're considering a romance writing conference, I reccomend starting with a chapter conference close to home. All the people and information can get a bit overwhelming. Plus, you'll make connections and have a better chance of finding someone to sit with at lunch.
Another conference highlight for me was finding The Romantic Times review of Drive Me Crazy -- 4 stars and a HOT! They are so good to me.
Bayley-Burke's newest is a crazy and sexy ride from Washington DC to Oregon. Readers will eagerly turn the pages as they wait to see what happens next. From haunted B&Bs and whore-houses to a petting zoo, her main characters are on the road - and the romance - of a lifetime.