From Here to Eternity. An apt theme for this, 20th RWAustralia Conference and it didn’t disappoint. Where else in Oz can you rub shoulders with the cream of Australian writing talent, not to mention some very successful and well-known writing literati from overseas?
I had the chance to chat to new author Jaye Ford, with her fantastic debut ‘Beyond Fear’. Christine Stintson’s ‘It Takes a Village’ won best cover (and didn’t it deserve it). Erica Tsang from Avon sat with a panel of paranormal authors that fielded questions from the crowd, including NY Times Best-selling author Australia’s own Keri Arthur, US Kelly Armstrong and up and coming talent Kylie Griffin and M.J. Scott, whose debut books are due out 2011 and 2012.
Then there are the workshops with NY Times and Amazon Bestseller Bob Mayer, FBI agent Julia Hunter and probably the highlight of my conference experience, intimate workshop time with Kristin Nelson from the successful Nelson Agency on how to write a tight Query/Pitch letter. Some serious lightbulb moments over the weekend for sure.
Then just to be in the same room as Annie West, Anna Campbell, Rachel Bailey, Bronwyn Jameson, Robyn Grady, Emma Darcy, Isolde Martin, Paula Roe, Anne Gracie, Kelly Hunter, Marion Lennox, Valerie Parv, Jane Porter, Susan Wiggs…the list is endless!
Another highlight for me was a chance to pitch to Lucy Gilmore from Harlequin. So not enough time but still a valuable experience. And for me to come second in the Emerald Competition was just amazing. Congratulations to the conference organisers Louise Reynolds and Bronwyn Jameson amongst a host of others who made the weekend so fabulous! Highly recommend next years conference on the Gold Coast in 2012.