So, like the title says, I have the nervous jitters right now, and I’ll tell you why. This time next week I will be at my first ever RWA Conference. Romance Writers of America is a national organization that provides networking, support, and education (in the form of seminars and online courses) to those pursuing a serious career in writing romantic fiction. I joined the RWA shortly after I published book 1 of The Pierced Trilogy, and I did so mainly because it sounded like a safe, friendly place to find like-minded people and learn more about my craft and the publishing industry. So far, that has been the case and I’m enjoying being a member. But I am extremely nervous about attending this conference because, from everything I’ve been hearing and reading about it, pretty much everybody who is anybody in the world of romantic fiction will be there. Top editors and agents from all over, not to mention all your favorite romance authors! I’ll probably be too busy making a fool of myself and being star-struck to do myself any good!
I’m told that most of the writers who attend conference, do so in order to meet with their editors/agents, or to make a pitch to prospective editors/agents. In fact, a big part of the conference is scheduling those all-important editor/agent appointments. I didn’t do that. And the reason I didn’t is because, frankly, I’m feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. My main reason for wanting to go to conference was to catch the seminars. They are offering some really great ones this year – including an entire track on self-publishing! To me, that’s exciting stuff, and I can’t wait. When I first wrote Pierced and decided to self-publish it, it honestly never even occurred to me to try to go the traditional publishing route. I’m not sure why exactly. Although it could have something to do with the fact that I am the most impatient person on the planet, and I know that going the traditional route often takes years. So self-publishing has been my focus from the beginning, and I’m excited about sitting in on these lectures.
Then there’s the excitement of meeting new people. And I’ve also been reading all of these tips on what to expect and how to survive the conference. Things like: always have your business cards handy (business cards for a writer?), and be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and make certain to have your elevator pitch ready to go. Until a month or so ago, I didn’t even know what an elevator pitch was! If I added pitching to an editor or agent on top of all that right now, “nervous jitters” would be the understatement of the year!
Anyway, wish me luck. When I get back, I’ll tell you how it all went. Follow me on Twitter to catch my tweets from the conference!
Why do women love to read romance? It’s a question I keep asking myself as I work on my new book project, and I keep coming up empty-handed every time. I can’t figure it out. And I’m really starting to believe the reason I can’t come up with any answers is because there are simply so many. I don’t know where to begin.
Maybe it’s because we just can’t get enough of the excitement? Maybe we’re addicted to the passion we find between the pages. Perhaps it’s the dance of the seduction that hooks us. Or we just love to read about the thrill of the chase and imagine that we are the ones being pursued? Or maybe … we just get off on meeting a new, really hot, sexy hero who makes us swoon. After all, anyone who reads romance novels regularly, knows that boyfriends are just better in books because sadly, romance is often sorely lacking in our everyday, real lives. I mean, don’t get me wrong … there are some men out there who do romance very well but, they’re in the minority. Most men just don’t get it. And maybe that’s the crux of it right there. Women are just different.
Women are hard-wired for romance. We crave it. We need it like we need the air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat. Maybe we invest so much of our free time into reading romance because it’s something our bodies need but aren’t getting, or aren’t getting enough of. Sort of like when we don’t get enough of a key nutrient and our bodies become deficient in that area. Well, perhaps most of us are romance deficient and, if we’re not getting those nutrients naturally – in the form of a really hot, sexy hero of our own – then we need to get those nutrients in some other way. Like with a daily dose administered via romance novel. (Read two to four chapters daily for best results!)
I know that for me personally, I love reading romance because it fills me with a sense of hope. And actually, I find that I write it for the very same reasons. There is nothing better than when I’m in the middle of reading a story that I just can’t put down – or I’m working on a story that consumes me – because I’m so invested in the hero and heroine and the adventure they’re on. Watching them pursue their happily ever after brings me joy.
Or maybe I’m just a junkie who self-medicates with romance because it feels good!
It’s finally here! The long-awaited conclusion to the Baker’s Dozen Fiction Story, and I am so excited about it! If you have been following our progress on this little project, you know that our hero has been through some major ups and downs (well, mostly downs) during this story, but that all comes to an end with this final chapter. And what a chapter it is! Written by our fearless leader, Joe Owens, of Joe’s Musings, Forrest finally gets the answers to so many questions, and finds the courage within him to do what needs to be done. Check it out, right here!