RWAust Conference Round Up!

Last week my family and I flew up to the sunny Gold Coast where I participated in the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference. To sum up the three days, four nights I mingled with other like minded people was fantastic. I caught up with old friends and met wonderful new ones. This is a quick round up of what I did.
Thursday night I attended Penguin Group (Australia’s) Special Event celebrating the opening of their digital first imprint – Destiny Romance. If you’re looking to submit to them their full submission details can be found here.
Friday I spent all day listening to Alexandra Sokoloff talk about screenwriting tricks for authors (and screenwriters!) Alexandra was excellent but a little scary for a panster writer like myself, but still, I had a few light bulb moments.
Friday night I attended the Harlequin Cocktail Party – Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend. There were plenty of bling floating about along with lots of champagne and wonderful food. I dressed up but I’m yet to find a piccy to share. Not that I went as anything special. ;p
Saturday was conference day one. I feel like I was spoilt with what I attended and listened too. Here’s a little round up.
  • I received my first sale ribbon! Very exciting!!
  • Keynote address – Eloisa James. OMG HOW FRIGGIN’ COOL WAS THAT!! And yes, I was a little teary.
  • Beyond the Big Six – Panel discussion
  • Relentless Conflict – Helene Young
  • Revisions: Rewriting, Editing and Proofreading – Ally Blake
  • Putting sizzle into every scene – Fiona Lowe
  • New York, New Directions – Panel discussion
Saturday night I attended the awards dinner where we all glammed up again and had fun celebrating all the wins and sales of our fabulous authors in the organisation.
Fantastic Anna Campbell and Moi.

Awards Night!

Sunday was conference day two! Starting to get tired but still a fantastic day of events.

  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm Wisdom – 10 Things I Know Now – Eloisa James
  • Harlequin Australia – What we really do – Haylee Kerans
  • Speed Dating with Aussie Publishers – Part I – Panel discussion
  • The Most Perfect Cloth Fabrics for Georgian and Regency Characters – Bronwyn Parry
  • Turn up the heat: How to write steamy sex scenes – Nicole R Murphy
  • The hidden strength of secondary characters – Erin Grace
  • Speed Dating with Aussie Publishers –  Part II – Panel discussion
  • Conference close
Moi holding Fiona Lowe’s RITA!!
She was sooo heavy. 😀

Just for the RWAust conference
we were lucky enough to have copies available
to buy of Eloisa James new book,
The Ugly Duchess!
I believe they all sold out!! 😀
*wipes brow* It was a fantastic conference and I want to thank everyone who organized this mammoth event. The food was great, the company excellent and I can’t wait to do it all again in twelve months time. Bring on Perth!!!
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