Good morning! It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for some behind the scenes talk about writing inspiration! For me, meeting readers and getting to spend time with them as well as meeting other authors and hanging with them is a prime source of inspiration.
My trip to San Diego for the Romance Writers of America conference filled me with lots of energy and new ideas.
I know my trip to the Fall in Love with New England Conference will be just as awesome! There are going to be lots of fun games, panels and a book signing for readers and just as many wonderful opportunities for authors to connect with the readers and with each other.
As for me, I also get to do a road trip two fabulous writing friends. That means lots of talk about our stories, what’s happening in the publishing world and even better, my first ever trip to Salem! So excited about that.
Anyway, if you get a chance, check out the conference and I hope I will see some of you there.
I had lots and lots of fun at the RWA Conference this year, but I was also inspired and motivated to get to work on both old and new projects and to try new things to improve my career. I always feel more energized after the conference and this year was no different, maybe possibly better. I managed to do my first keynote speech and a workshop on juggling careers and life. I spent time with dear friends and made new ones. All in all, a fabulous time.
So today, I’m sharing some photos from the conference and I hope you enjoy them!
Sourcebooks Book Signing Authors:
You can see lots more photos at my Facebook Fan Page! My page is open for public viewing, so no problem with seeing the photos there.
OMG, I have so much to get done before this year’s RWA National Conference! Luckily it’s in New York City which gives me a little bit more leeway since the travel issue is minimal. I am so looking forward to the conference, hanging out with long distance friends and hopefully meeting some of you at the Literacy book signing or at the conference if you’ll be attending.
The 2015 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing will be on Wednesday, July 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the New York Marriott Marquis
in the Westside Ballroom. If you want to line up early, head to the Broadway Ballroom and RWA staff will take you down to the Westside Ballroom when it’s time for the signing. You can find out more about the signing at the RWA Website.
I’m doing three workshops at the conference! One is with my Write to Success buddies where I’ll be discussing some legal aspect of doing box sets. Another one is on Box Sets and I’ll be talking about memes, videos and other ways to promo. Last, but definitely not least, I’ll be doing a workshop with my awesome buddy Nisha Sharma on getting organized. Nisha is AMAZING at getting organized.
Of course, in addition to the book signings and workshops, I am looking forward to the mixers and parties! Today’s Throwback Thursday is to the 2011 RWA Conference in NYC and my fab dancing shoes. I wore these to the Harlequin Black and White Ball in the Waldorf Astoria so I could dance the night away. I definitely plan on wearing them again to the conference!
Having just come back from a fabulous conference with the Liberty States Fiction Writers, I wanted to offer up some tips on what to do after the conference!
First, if you enjoyed the conference, take a moment to write to the Conference Chair or President of the organization and let them know that you enjoyed it. If you liked something a lot, let them know so they can consider including it in future conferences and if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see, offer those up as well. It’s tough to run a conference and new ideas are always welcome.
If you’ve had an editor/agent appointment, make sure to make a list of who asked to see what while it’s fresh in your mind. Editors and agents don’t expect to have the material waiting for them the next morning, but they also don’t expect to get it months later. Send in any requested material within a reasonable time (a week or two) and in the format specified. If you’re not sure of the format, check the publisher’s guidelines at their website. Be sure to mention to the editor/agent that the material was requested at XX (conference name) and thank them for taking the time to consider your proposal.
Did you listen to an interesting workshop? Likewise, drop the presenter a quick note.
Finally, ask yourself – What did I do right at the conference? Did I meet at least one new person? Was my pitch solid or did I notice something that needed work? What goal do I have for the next conference I attend?
I was busy writing yesterday morning, trying to get a bunch of pages done in anticipation of writing time lost at the upcoming RWA National conference, I ended up watching ST. ELMO’S FIRE while I was writing. I was like, wow, that Rob Lowe was a cutie, but then quickly amended to “is a cutie.”
So, this Monday’s Guilty Pleasure is Rob Lowe who is aging marvelously and still totally good looking.
Look for a Tuesday Tip, but then a break on Wednesday since that is our travel day down to Washington, D.C. for the conference. I’ll be snapping away from pictures for you on Wednesday and will try and get them posted for you on Thursday!