long since I put a blog out, and for that, I will apologize. Truth is – I went to
the RWA Convention in Anaheim and totally got lost in the world of workshops,
networking and having fun. Let go of all my obligations for a few days. How
sweet it is!!
the way home, I wrote a really lovely blog about my delight with the world (I
was still tripping over the sensations I felt while hobnobbing amongst my
peers), and darned if my %#@#!#@ computer didn’t run out of battery. I hadn’t
saved the work but wasn’t too worried as I thought it would be saved
ignored the guilty voice blabbering in my ear that I needed to write it again.
I held off for a few days (mainly because I was visiting my folks, and we were
so busy)…but it’s really starting to get to me, so time to get my ahh sh-tuff
you how wonderful the four days of convention were. The incredible workshops
available detailed such things as craft, writer’s life, research, publishing
and career. Speakers such as Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
and Jayne Ann Krentz amused and taught us from their personal experiences
getting on the Best Sellers Lists. Goodread’s, Patrick Brown, and Smashword’s, Mark Coker, kept my marketing brain completely enthralled. It was heaven for an author like
me whose capacity to learn new things seems never-ending. I loved it all.
feeling that specific information would be more helpful to me in my career, and
hopefully to you…so I will share what I learned over the next little while.
Fact #1. (From
Jayne Ann Krentz) – never sign away your birth name. I took that to mean that
if you use your real name, never sign a contract that gives a publisher
the rights to everything you write. Cause if you do, one day you’ll have to
write under a pseudonym. Good advice!!