Each year the Dallas-area chapter of the Romance Writers of America puts on a conference for writers. It’s a fantastic event with headline speakers, great workshops, get-the-real-scoop panels of agents and editors and best of all — an environment of great optimism and inspiration for writers at all stages of their careers. Despite the economic doom and gloom we’re all saddled with, the feeling at the conference was very positive. Writers are still writing, agents are still accepting clients and editors are still buying.
Little business tidbits I picked up from the agents and editors? First – paranormal is still hot, especially shape shifters. Two – it was nice to hear both agents and editors specifically looking for historicals. Hopefully that means that market is on the rebound. Straight contemporary romance is getting tougher to sell, and needs to not sound too much like chick-lit. Needs a really strong premise.
Mostly it was just a nice day reconnecting with some old friends, conversing with a bunch of highly creative people — writers are the only ones who really understand writers — making some new friends, and finding inspiration in the words of others. Biggest thing I took away from the conference: a reminder that I have the BEST job in the world!
By the way, I meant to take pictures now that I’ve mastered the digital upload to Facebook, but I totally got involved in the conference and forgot. Which also reminds me, if you Twitter or Facebook, look me up there for more info.