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 🙂
Well, Monday rolls round again – though I must admit it’s rather nice to just have one day job to go to 🙂 It’s been a busy week with lots of extra freelance jobs on (not to mention a new release out!), but think they’re all getting tidied up now so can get back to my edits!
July is looking like a very busy month writing-wise. I’m taking a wee break from my wolves series to write a story for a submission call and am having a lot of fun with it. It’s much lighter, which is quite a nice change after finishing up book 2 in my wolves, which was rather intense towards the end. So, I have that to finish, final edits on my next wolves book and finally started edits on a paranormal suspense story that has been knocking around for a while. I’m joining in the 100k challenge again which will hopefully help with a bit of motivation.
I’ve also got the RNA Conference this weekend – it’s snuck up fast! Not sure if I’m more nervous or excited right now, but everyone I’ve spoken to so far seems very nice and am sure it will be a great learning experience. If you’re heading along as well then do feel free to say hi 🙂
Am feeling a little sober this week, the events in Orlando are just heart-breaking – an attack not just on the US but on the LGBT community in particular. It’s so so sad that in this day and age, with all the advances we’ve made, that some people still feel so threatened by the fact that someone is different to them. How can we call ourselves a progressive society when people are still discriminated against, persecuted and even killed because of their sexuality, or race, or religion or anything else for that matter. The only good thing I see is the show of solidarity from around the world – the image of the Eiffel Tower, lit up in rainbow colours, was especially moving.
It seems a little odd to chat about my week in light of that, but it has been a busy one. All booked and confirmed for the RNA Conference now, and have even had the chance to chat to some other first-timers which has made me a little less nervous. I also have an industry appointment booked so need to get my first chapter and synopsis sent off for that asap! I wasn’t actually planning on sending this book out until later in the year (after the second in my wolves series had been released) so am feeling a little rushed – but it’s a good opportunity so worth trying I think. Tbh the person I’m seeing is slightly off-genre for me, but I’m still thinking it was a valuable chance to get to chat to someone in the industry and maybe get some good feedback.
I’m also starting final edits on my wolves book this week – hoping to finalise a release date for next month – as well as reformat my zombie romance for re-release, as it reverted back to me when my old publisher closed down. So much to do, so little time!
Anyway, hope you have a good start to the week. Take care x
Well, Monday rolls back around. Hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Mine has been great, had my parents visiting, which was lovely, and they even brought some gorgeous sunshine with them 🙂
Sadly back to reality (and the day job) today, but have been getting lots of things booked in this weekend so at least have some things to look forward to! Booked for the Romance Novellist’s Association (RNA) Conference in July. Will be the first conference I’ve been to and the line-up looks really interesting – some good panels and talks plus am putting in to possibly get some meet-ups with industry people. To be fair I’m not expecting too much to come out of that, but the experience and practice should be good. So, exciting but a little bit scary!
If I do get appointments booked though then will need to get my submission polished up quick and write a dreaded synopsis for it lol. Lots to get done this month 🙂
Anyway, hope your week gets off to a good start. Take care x