Prepping for Moonlight and Magnolias

I am so excited!  This weekend is the Moonlight and Magnolias writing conference for the Georgia Romance Writers.  I look forward to it every year for many different reasons.  The first and most important is that I am surrounded for two full days by other writers.  This is one of the few places where I don’t cringe as I describe my stories to others.  Remember I write romantic fantasy.  If I say to the average person out on the street that my hero, Nick, sweeps my protagonist, Meg, away on a white horse, most people get THAT look in their eyes.  That ‘yeah, right’ look.  But these writers will go with it.  From them you get a ‘Sounds great!  What happens?’  I love that!

Next, the whole weekend is about writing.  I am particularly fond of the seminars and workshops that deal with the craft of writing.  The topics are as varied as world building, creating a style guide for your work and how to be a good critique partner.  This year I am paying more attention to the workshops on marketing as I will be playing the primary role in marketing Nick.  Since I do have another project in the works also, The People of the Green Hills, I am looking forward to the workshop on pacing to clean up that particular aspect of that story.

Because of these reasons, I can say, finally, that M&M is where I feel most like a professional writer.  It is a place where everyone assumes you are in it for the long haul, and they consider you a member of the club no matter where you fall in your career.  It does not matter that I am 56 and just have my first contract.  It does not matter that my first book was self-published.  It does not matter that my heroes time travel or see ghosts.  All that matters is that I am trying.

See you on the flip side!

 

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