I’m not a great conference goer but when several of my writer friends said they fancied going to the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) conference this year, I thought I’d give it a go.
Romantic Novelists can be a misleading title since although we all have some romance in our books (and what novels don’t?) there’s a substantial number of us who have lots of other stuff too – suspense, crime, fantasy. This is one element that makes an event like the conference so fascinating. You get to meet a huge array of writers and discover what they’re writing.
I enjoyed the sessions I attended and at least three, I know, will prove a real help at this stage in my career: how to get the best out of social media (I’m pretty hopeless), how to use IT better (I’m slightly terrified of technology – correction, I’m 100% terrified) and how to approach republishing your back list, which thanks to my amazing productivity, is becoming quite lengthy! I’ve already begun the task of choosing new titles and selecting covers for a couple of ‘old’ novels, ready for the heavily revised editions I’ll publish. Revising books you wrote five or six years ago is quite an eye opener!
But beyond the sessions, it was the company that made the trip worthwhile. The weekend was simply good fun. And here’s a picture which sums up the spirit of the conference – we four, all badged up, and raring to go!