I’m not the only one who enjoyed it. I’m not the only one to thank the four wonderful Southern California RWA Chapters. But I want to express my thanks to everyone involved in the wonderful California Dreamin’ Conference!
I knew it would be fun, since, as I said last month, I was on a wonderful panel about writing series with Judy Duarte and Janet Tronstad. I hoped our audience members enjoyed it as much as I did.
Even more, I found it great fun to get together with long time romance writer friends and make some new friends as well. The sessions and panels I attended were mostly about promotion, and I learned a lot there. I did some traveling between the time of the conference and now so I haven’t been able to try to implement what I learned, but I hope to soon.
I also had a lot of fun at the book signing–and even sold some books.
So, again, many thanks for an absolutely delightful conference. And now I’m looking forward to 2017!
RWA National was fun this year, as always. I found myself quite busy and didn’t get to attend as many workshops as I’d have liked. I did attend one in particular, though, since I was its moderator! It was called Multiplicity Rocks: Writing Concurrently in Multiple Genres or Subgenres.
I was one of the 2,000+ attendees at the Romance Writers of America National Conference last week. It was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, and the theme was Bright Lights, Big Stories. That was the saying that appeared on the tote bags we were handed upon registration–filled with the conferenceâ€™s program, a thumb drive with handouts, a fill-it-in-yourself conference calendar, and lots of books!
I understand that this monthâ€™s program at OCC will be a recap of conference highlights. Unfortunately, Iâ€™m unlikely to be there, although Iâ€™m not sure how much actual information Iâ€™d be able to contribute anyway. I spent most of my time networking more than attending workshops or other events. But thereâ€™s a lot of value in that, and Iâ€™m delighted that I was there. I saw lots of writers I already know and met many more. I spoke with people who buy and promote books professionally and by word of mouth. I went to lunch with industry professionals who affect my career, and attended parties including the ones thrown by Berkley and Harlequin.
One very helpful event was Harlequinâ€™s Digital Day. I obviously blog, and I also belong to Facebook, but Iâ€™ve been avoiding Twitter. I took lessons on how to sign up, though. Iâ€™ll probably give in and join it one of these days.
Then there was the librariansâ€™ and booksellersâ€™ event, where I networked with some of those pros and distributed handouts for both kinds of my books–my Alpha Force miniseries about covert military shapeshifters, for Harlequin Nocturne, as well as my Pet Rescue Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. The Literacy Signing was huge, and I also sold both genres of my books to benefit literacy.
There is a lot going on in our industry, as you undoubtedly know. Smaller publishers and e-publishing are on the rise. Traditional publishers recognize that and seem to be adapting, or at least trying to.
Meantime, Iâ€™ll keep on writing and try to make sure my career continues to adapt, too! Attending conferences like this one should give me some insights about how to keep it fresh.
As you probably know, the RWA National Conference will be in Anaheim next year–much easier for those of us who live in Southern California to get to. Iâ€™ll be there. Will you?
Linda’s Alpha Force miniseries from Harlequin Nocturne continues with GUARDIAN WOLF, an August 2011 release. The Pet Rescue Mysteries spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne Pet-Sitter mystery series will continue in October 2011 with THE MORE THE TERRIER. And of course, BEAGLEMANIA is still available. Visit Linda at Linda O Johnston
A couple of months ago, my blog on A Slice of Orange discussed my angst about whether I really wanted to go to the Romance Writers of America Conference in Orlando. I wound up going. Am I glad? Yes!
I didnâ€™t stay for the entire conference, which I regret now. But I accomplished most of what I wanted to–saw nearly all the people I hoped to see, attended most of the sessions Iâ€™d planned to, and learned about new resources and other information about publishing and promoting.
I met a number of people Iâ€™d never anticipated seeing, too. Networked and schmoozed and partied and had a great time.
I admit that the Orlando weather didnâ€™t wow me. I have lived in L.A. long enough to be really spoiled about the minimal humidity on most hot days. Just walking between the two hotels at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort wilted me.
But the steaming up of my sunglasses didnâ€™t deter me. The brief walk was worth it, plus the view was really nice, including the waterway between the two facilities.
By the way, as I mentioned in my blog last month, if youâ€™re interested in hearing some of the things I learned at National, Iâ€™ll be sharing them at the OCC meeting on August 14. Come and ask questions–and Iâ€™ll answer whatever I can.
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