Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Conference - A to Z Challenge


NEC RWA Conference

At the end of this month, I’ll be attending a writer’s conference in Salem, MA. It’s an annual conference held by the New England Chapter Romance Writers of America.

I’ve only been to one other writer’s conference, the RWA national conference in New York City several years ago. I hadn’t been published yet and was looking for a home for my historical romance novel, Pandora’s Legacy. While I didn’t find a publisher at that conference, it was well worth it. I learned a lot of writing, plotting, and marketing tips.

Most importantly, the conference made me feel like a real writer, not just a crazy person talking to the people in her head and scribbling sex scenes in the back room. Writing can be a very solitary occupation, and getting to talk shop with others made the whole thing feel much more real. The idea of writing something that would then be turned into a physical book… well, of course that’s the goal, but here’s a whole building full of people who did it! If they can do it, I told myself, with enough hard work, I could do it too.

So I’m totally psyched for the Salem conference! It’s my first one as a published author and the first time I get to meet the owners of Crescent Moon Press in person!

If you’ll be at the conference, let me know and I’ll look for you while I’m there. 

7 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you, Jen!

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  2. Have a great time at the conference. Every year, I enjoy the New Jersey Romance Writers conference and the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference. I went to EPICon once and the Long Island Luncheon. It is nice to be with other writers. :^)

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    1. I have to look into those conferences too! Thanks for the tips!

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  3. I really wish I could go with you!!! Have fun for me and then bring me a metric ton of details!

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  4. I've only been to one writer's conference myself. They are amazing experiences. Have a great time!

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