Attended my first RWA conference in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. It was amazing. There were over 400 delegates in attendance. That’s an incredible number of people who are currently writing within the various romance genres.
I met some interesting writers, participated in great sessions on a range of technical aspects of writing and publishing, and listened to highly practical advice. I also had the opportunity to pitch my manuscript to four new publishers. There are no guarantees of course but at least it is a foot in the door.
On arriving back home, all enthused of course, I decided based on my observation of what is being published at the moment, that my book should probably be a bit longer and so added another chapter and nine thousand words. In doing so, I introduced a new plot thread and am now happier with the overall plot development.
Work is progressing on the next manuscript, and in fact I wrote the best part of a new chapter while I was in Melbourne. There are time challenges whilst I am in the process of establishing a new business (www.worklifejunction.com.au) but I will try to dedicate a day a week to writing.
I didn’t see a lot of Melbourne but enjoyed the hustle and bustle while I was out and about in the evening, looking for food. I did not stay at the conference venue, opting instead for more affordable Airbnb accommodation. I was a bit removed from everyone in the evenings, but at least that meant I could get some writing done.
Next year’s conference is in Adelaide, so I will definitely be attending that one. Should have another novel to pitch by then.
At 12:00 tomorrow, I am joining my friend Maggie Mundy at a release party for her new novel ‘Unknown Protector’. I will also be introducing The Red Heart, my novel set in Alice Springs, the red heart of Australia. What better place for a young woman to start her flying career?
Kathy encounters eccentric characters, bushfires, unusual race events, and then of course there are the people who live on the stations. Some are so welcoming, but Brandon Woodleigh has no time for this young woman from the city. As far as he is concerned, she is out of her depth in a harsh environment that has no time for novices. When disaster strikes mid-flight, it seems that Brandon was right all along. The subsequent silence on the radio is ominous. It is evident to those on the ground that Kathy and her passenger have come to grief but can they have survived in that rugged country?
Join me as we take part in the party. For one lucky participant there will be a free copy of my book and if you hang around other authors will be introducing their new releases as well. You might like to brush up on your knowledge of the book and of Alice Springs. Here is the link for tomorrow. I’d love to see you there.
Maggie writes dark speculative fiction. The first book in the Midworlder trilogy, Unknown Protector, has been contracted to Soul Mate Publishing and will be available October 1st.
Angels and demons are not what you think , and neither will be able to save Nicole from a painful death. She will have to rely on her own skills as an ex cop turned detective, and those of a handsome rogue called Ridge. He may have wings but he’s no angel. You can learn more about Maggie’s books at www. maggiemundy.com