Hope your week is off to a good start. I’m a day late with this but hopefully you will forgive me! It’s been a busy week. Have just got back from the RNA Conference, which was a lovely weekend, but def a bit on the exhausting side lol. Don’t think I’ve ever been in a building with so many other authors, so for an introvert like me was definitely a bit on the intimidating side.
I was reminded of several years ago when I went to a local crime authors panel. One of the main speakers said something about how crime writers were a great community – unlike some other genres like romance writers! Well, I think all I can say to that is that she obviously didn’t know many romance writers. Being a conference first-timer meant I got a little sparkly flower on my badge so people were ‘extra-nice’ to me, but I think people were just generally lovely. All you had to do was stand near someone for them to start chatting to you, sitting at a table with a group of strangers was ‘the norm’ and everyone was happy to share their experience and tips with you.
A lot of great panels and talks, with some really helpful information, and I’m already thinking how I can translate some of it into my writing and marketing plan. I also had an industry appointment with Harlequin/M&B, and while I was aware going in that the people I was talking to didn’t really deal with the specific ‘line’ I would be suitable for, they were very positive about the story and encouraged me to submit to the relevant people.
Overall, was a really lovely time. Being a writer can often be a solitary occupation, even with the wonderful connections you can make online, so was definitely a new experience to be with so many others. Hopefully can make it back again, but for now little introvert me needs to hide in the house and recharge for a few days 🙂
Have a great week. Take care x