Sunday, October 08, 2006

Another Fantastic Conference!

On Friday and Saturday I attended the annual New Jersey Romance Writers' Conference. I sat around with other authors in the PAN Retreats, drank wine, ate chocolate cookies, and discussed the business of writing. I heard of obstacles that have prevented some of the authors from reaching the top. "We all want to be stars," said Shirley Hailstock.

That is so true.

Saturday's speakers and workshops were wonderful. Carla Neggers gave out tips for writing a breakout novel. Victoria Alexander explained the way she looks at life from a writer's viewpoint.

As always, I made sure to sit in on the editors' panel. Last year, all the editors wanted erotica. This year paranormal was the number one request. I have been writing seriously for a long, long time and I have seen the pendulum swing back and forth so often I simply sigh when a "new" trend is announced.

Next year, those editors will all be craving something else.

I received six FREE books and I sold a few of my books at the bookfair.

There are some New Jersey Romance Writers who have left our fair state, but who returned for the conference. It was so nice to see them.

Now I can't wait for next year's conference. :^)

4 comments:

abbagirl74 said...

Conferences are so much fun. I am in the food business, so all of our conferences are more like food shows. All the vendors bring in their products for everyone to sample and take home. I usually have plenty to eat and I probably bring enough food home to feed a small country. It's fantastic fun though. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed yours.

K. said...

I agree that is is hard and many times frustrating to try to follow the "trends".

Lita said...

You are such an inspiration. I see that you have yet another book coming out. Congratulations. This has been a frenzied year for me and I could not make it to the conference.

Penelope Marzec said...

abbagirl74: A food show sounds like great fun. I guess you have to arrive hungry. :^)

k.: Yep, no point in following the trends. I have to write what I enjoy writing.

lita: I kept looking for you at the conference! Too bad you could not make it. Hopefully...neext year?