This weekend the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Conference, (NJRW) whose theme is “Unleash Your Passion,” happens and I’ll be there.
I’m looking forward to the lineup of guest speakers and presenters, which includes best-selling authors Sabrina Jeffries, Heather Graham, Susan Wiggs and husband and wife team, Jim and Nikoo McGoldrick.
There will workshops for writers at all levels, some include:
- Using POV to create emotionally powerful scenes
- The Core of Romance
- Women’s Fiction: Hitting the Genre’s Sweet Spot (see, told you there’d be sex!)
- E-pub, Self-publishing, Marketing and Selling the book and the Future of Publishing for the Writer
There are also editor/agent appointments for those pitching their books, a Literary Book Fair, where authors sign their books for their fans, and most of all, networking opportunities.
I’m not pitching a book this year. However, I will be handing out business cards (which ALL authors should have–yet to be published and published) and networking. I’ve met some of the most fantastic people at these types of conferences, not only as supporters of my work, but as friends.
The NJRW conference will also have a professional photographer on site to take studio and environmental portraits. Need a new head shot for your book or Web site? Say cheese!
While I’m there, I’m going to take a trip to Barnes and Noble, which is only 10 minutes from the conference location. There are a couple of new books I want to pick up.
I find J.K Rowlings’ adult book,“The Casual Vacancy”very intriguing. It’s also on Nook, so I will be making my e-book purchase!
Ken Follett’s,“Winter of the World” (part of the Century Trilogy), which is on Nook as well! Yippee!
Actor and Director Penny Marshall’s, book “My mother was Nuts,” looks hysterical.
I couldn’t buy books without including a Romance novel. “Return to Willow Lake,” by Susan Wiggs, one of the conference speakers, is on my list to buy. It’s on NOOK as well. However, I may purchase this at the conference, so that I can get Susan to sign it! Perfect timing!
By the way, the authors signing at the Literary Book Fair donate a portion of their proceeds to literacy. Nice, huh?
I’m taking a bag large enough to transport all my new books—those I plan to buy and those I don’t!
Have a great weekend. See you Monday.