Monday, October 8, 2007

Conferences Are Worth It!!

This past weekend was NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. This was my very first conference and I can't recommend them enough. I met wonderful people, authors, publishers, agents and editors, and made some great contacts (not to mention I sold a bunch of copies of my book in the book fair). Although Sherilynn Kenyon's line was out the door and wrapped around the hallway...lolol. Someday that'll be us, right? To top that off, RomanceNovelTV interviewed me, much to my surprise. Hopefully it won't all end up in the proverbial cutting room

The workshops were great, too. My favorite was one called Page Fright-How to Fight Your Writing Demons. I was surprised to learn so many writers share the same fears. Karen Robards also gave a wonderful speech during breakfast about her journey into this crazy world we inhabit. All in all, the entire conference was a success. I can't wait for next year's event. I think these conferences are a great networking tool. A way for us to meet fellow authors and other industry people. They can get a little pricey, so I think it's best to choose the ones we'll get the most from. I'm looking into RT's conference this upcoming April. But that one's really pricey!! Has anyone attended RT before? Would you recommend it? I've heard nothing but good things. If my Christmas bonus is as expected,then maybe I'll go ahead and splurge for April. :-)


Dara said...

Looks like you had fun. I've never been to RT, but I've been to smaller conferences in my area. Going to the Southern Lights conference in Jacksonville, FL in March. Can't wait. I love being surrounded by other authors and meeting all the agents and editors.

Kelley Nyrae said...

I've been to Lori Foster's reader and writer get together which I LOVED! Its smaller and way less exepensive (35 dollars for registration). There aren't really workshops but you meet tons of other authors and readers and she has editors and agents there every year too! This year I'm atteneding RWA national because I can drive there which will help with the expense. Glad you had fun.

Kaz Augustin said...

Glad you had such a great time! You're going to turn into a conference-junkie now, aren't you? :)