I spent the past weekend at a writer’s conference, the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Dream Big – Write Now Conference. There were two days worth of speakers, workshops, networking and lots of fun.
Here are some things I learned:
- Romance writers are some of the nicest and most supportive writers around. We think, write and talk about love all day long. It’s almost impossible to be mean.
- When you “know” people on Twitter and Facebook, you’re greeted like a long-lost friend when you finally meet in person.
- If you squish on an elevator with a large number of people, someone is probably going to make a comment about the elevator getting stuck. If those people are romance writers, that comment will quickly devolve into a group brainstorming session about firefighters. Sexy ones. Without shirts. If this concerns you, you may want to take the stairs.
- No one warned me that I should have a script ready for when famous romance authors (like, seriously famous ones—Eloisa James, ConnieBrockway) stop at my table during the book fair and ask me about my books. As a result, I sounded like an idiot.
- However, if you want to meet famous romance authors, find the breakfast table with the coffee. They will carry their cups around the room looking for a place to sit and you’ll end up with awesome tablemates (VirginiaKantra)!
- Wear statement jewelry. They’re great conversation starters, especially if, like me, you’re a bit shy.
- Want an autograph from an author but you have their book on your Kindle/Nook/iPad? Have them sign your leather cover.
It was a great conference—I can’t wait until next year!