Do you know it takes longer to get from Glasgow to Sheffield on the train than it does to get to London?? Don't figure.
Sheffield University was a gorgeous setting. The accommodation was the nicest I've ever been in at an RNA conference, with 6 rooms in every flat and a large sitting area/kitchen where I can guarantee you that the world was put-to-rights on Friday and Saturday night.
I shared with some fab fellow writers - Heidi Rice, Abby Green, India Grey, Natalie Rivers and Fiona Harper. And just for the record we are all very well behaved. No alcohol. No chocolate. Ahem.
|There's a lovely aura around Heidi Rice here! We decided she must be an angel!|
The conference has many purposes. There are three options available for every session and it can be hard to choose. Some of the stand out sessions this time included Julie Cohen on using theme to focus and deepen your work, publishers sessions from Harper Impulse, Mills and Boon, MIRA and Piatkus and a session titled 'the 16-yr-old in my head' by Imogen Howson and Ruth Long.
Scarlet Wilson with Anna Baggaley from MIRA
|The lovely Liz Fenwick, Fiona Harper and Charlotte Ledger from Harper Impulse|
|Scarlet and Heidi|
The overall feeling from this conference was the range of options available nowadays for authors. This is immensely different from the first conference I attended in Greenwich in 2010 when digital was still in its infancy. But having options is a powerful message for authors.
Celebrations this year included sales of six short stories by the lovely Brigid Coady, who used to be a columnist for Pink Heart to Harper Impulse. Congratulations Biddy!
|Brigid Coady and Liz Fenwick|
Harper Impulse showed us the list of new authors they've signed for their digital imprint with really quick turn around times for getting their books out. Mills and Boon showcased the six new authors they've bought in the last year for the Modern imprint, six new authors they've bought for Medicals and two new authors for the Romance/Cherish line. All very positive news.
|Before the Gala dinner with Kate Walker, India Grey and Pippa Roscoe, Mills and Boon Editor|
And finally, something I want to leave you with. As we left Sheffield they had signs up for the incoming conference.
The mind boggles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!