Talk Back: Are writing conferences necessary?

August 5, 2013

On my Kindle: Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!


What do you think? Now that Jenn has made us all totally jealous with her RWA photos, I feel like I am totally missing out.

Yet, unlike her, I have no real reasons to justify the price of going to a writing conference right now. I don’t have any book to sign, no agent or editor to meet and while I would love to learn more about the craft by attending the many workshops offered, the benefits would not outset the costs for me at this time. If I’d go, it would be a total splurge just for a little time out and to meet all my writer friends.

And I’m afraid that right now I don’t think attending writing conferences are necessary for me to reach my current goal (make a sale).

That said, this is only my own opinion and I may totally be wrong. So I turn to you for input. Do you think writers need to go to writer conferences to meet their goals? Is it different for writers at different stages of their careers? Are some conferences more useful than others?

What is your experience and thoughts on this?

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox

Location:Seattle


RWA13 in Pictures

July 24, 2013

Romance Writers of America held their 33rd Annual Conference last week in Atlanta. This was my 5th consecutive year attending and I must say there was a palpable change in the air. From traditional publishing to the new wave of self-publishing, the workshops, chatter, and even the pitch sessions, everything reflected the cataclysmic shift in romance publishing. It’s a brand new world out there and it’s looking pretty darn good.

For me, this conference was a little different. I was not a newbie sponging up all advice and teachings. Really, I only sat in 3 carefully chosen workshops, workshops that gave me insight and power into my own career as an indie author in a way I could positively use. Aside from that, I participated in a focus group with my publisher, as well as a publisher sponsored workshop. I also attended two retreats. Top that off with 2 signings—the literacy autographing and the indie signing. Oh…and the nightly parties. Yup, I was a busy girl. So busy, I didn’t snap as many pictures as I would have liked.

Be here are a few. Enjoy.

The Atlanta Skyline at dusk.

The Atlanta Skyline at dusk.

First night in Atlanta and I'm drinking gen-u-ine moonshine.

First night in Atlanta and I’m drinking gen-u-ine moonshine.

Probably best to not look up in the lobby of the hotel after drinking moonshine.

Probably best to not look up in the lobby of the hotel after drinking moonshine.

Packed house at the Gone With The Wind inspired Golden Network Retreat. Amazing speakers included Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Courtney Milan, Darynda Jones, and more.

Packed house at the Gone With The Wind inspired Golden Network Retreat. Amazing speakers included Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Courtney Milan, Darynda Jones, and more.

The Literacy Autographing! WOW! So many FANS!

The Literacy Autographing! WOW! So many FANS!

My awesome and adorable editor, Mallory

My awesome and adorable editor, Mallory Braus

Amazing friends and chapter mates, Jaye Garland and Jan Nash

Amazing friends and chapter mates, Jaye Garland and Jan Nash

Signed over 50 books and the Indie Signing. Discovered I need a shorter name.

Signed over 50 books at the Indie Signing. Discovered I need a shorter name.

Decided I needed to go incognito and take up smoking cigars

Decided I needed to go incognito and take up smoking cigars. Look good, don’t I?

Super Secret Harlequin Party. The dancefloor was rockin'. Yes, there's Nora. And I didn't drag her to the floor this year. ;-)

Super Secret Harlequin Party at the Ritz. The dance floor was rockin’. Yes, there’s Nora. And I didn’t drag her to the floor this year. 😉

Rubies at the Ritz. Addison, Liz and Dani

Rubies at the Ritz. Addison, Liz, moi, and Dani

The pink socks Harlequin gives out so we can all dance without our heels. Bless you, Harlequin.

The pink socks Harlequin gave out so we could dance without our heels. Bless you, Harlequin.

Some of the greatest gals I know: Raven Raye, Ruth Kenjura, Melinda Porter, some chick in a black dress, and Sarah Andre.

Some of the greatest gals I know: Raven Raye, Ruth Kenjura, Melinda Porter, some chick in a black dress, and Sarah Andre.

My roommates. These rowdy girls are da bomb. Thanks for the memories Eliza Knight, Jennifer Jakes, and Kim Killion!

My roommates. These rowdy girls are da bomb. Thanks for the memories Eliza Knight, Jennifer Jakes, and Kim Killion! Let’s do it again.