Iâ€™ve missed OCC! I was unable to get to the last two meetings because of family travel plans, but Iâ€™m in town now and am delighted to say Iâ€™ll be at the Saturday meeting.
Both speakers sound interesting to me. In the morning, Tara Lain will be speaking about blog tours–and Iâ€™ve participated in quite a few. Iâ€™d love to learn other peopleâ€™s perspectives about them. I try to utilize a few different social media avenues to let people know what Iâ€™m writing, and blogging is one of them.
Iâ€™ve said this before, but once upon a time, when I started writing, I thought that was all it was: you write, get published, and things are great from there on. It turns out that, yes, things are great, but thereâ€™s more to it than that. These days you write, publish and promote. As a result, Iâ€™m always eager to learn about other promotional opportunities.
For example, Iâ€™m participating in a blog hop tomorrow. Come visit my post at KillerHobbies.blogspot.com and learn more about me and this particular blog hop.
Iâ€™m delighted to say that Iâ€™ve signed up for the SoCal RWA Conference in March. Have you? I belong to two of the four participating RWA chapters and have for years. Iâ€™m really looking forward to this first SoCal RWA joint conference.
How about you? Do you blog? Are you going to the SoCal RWA Conference?
|Silhouette Nocturne BITES
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
by Linda O Johnston
I miss OCC.
I havenâ€™t been able to attend a meeting for a while, and still wonâ€™t get there till May at the earliest. Sigh.
Well, in January I had another commitment, and in February I couldnâ€™t get there because I was in the middle of frantically trying to meet a deadline. Plus, I was–and am still–dealing with a lot of time-consuming promotion for my new Pet Rescue Mystery series that debuted on March 1 with BEAGLEMANIA.
I won’t be there this month, either, because of a signing I’ve got lined up. In fact, I have a lot of signings scheduled. I had two last week, one at the grand reopening of the Flintridge Bookstore, and a launch party for BEAGLEMANIA at Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach. My signing on March 12, the date of the next OCC meeting, is at Mysteries to Die For in Thousand Oaks. Coming up are signings on March 19 at Vromanâ€™s in Pasadena, and at Bookstar in Studio City on March 26. (My name is already in lights there! Bookstar is a former theater and keeps its marquee going to publicize events.)
|BEAGLEMANIA, March 2011
Berkley Prime Crime
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