Always learning …

On last week’s blog, I was on my way to a Writer’s Conference. This local event turned out to be much larger than I had expected. My hometown is not a large one. The town itself has roughly 35,000 people, if I were to include the urbanized areas, the population would reach around 60,000. Imagine my surprise to see a huge turnout at our main library for this day-long experience. I was pleased to find out we had so many aspiring writers.

The day was packed with several workshops scheduled each hour. There was no way to attend them all. You had to go through the event sheet and figure out which one appealed to you the most. Some of them were hard decisions. I had one hour where it was a toss-up between two workshops. After having lunch with Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires series, I overrode both classes and attended Ms. Caine’s presentation. I wasn’t disappointed.

I learned quite a bit about traditional publishing. The only drawback I found to the entire agenda, and it was strictly a personal one, was there were no speakers geared towards Indies and/or self-publishing. I’m sure there were quite a few aspiring writers who walked away with the conviction that if you couldn’t afford an agent, you didn’t have a chance of ever becoming published. I wish there would have been someone to speak about self-publishing; at least to give everyone the choice. Again, that’s my personal take on it.

All in all, I came away from the conference happy. I learned a lot, made new friends, and was able to get some networking in. Another local author, Niki McQuilling, and I gave readings from our books to a (thankfully) small group. Despite Niki’s anxiety and my own case of nerves, we managed to pull it off and walked away with no lasting damage. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to next year’s conference.

Now, it’s time to focus on Eternal Embrace. My release date is right around the corner. I’m working on more teasers, and I have a video trailer in the works. Swag is starting to come in, as I prepare for giveaways. Get ready. I’ve got a new story for you.

Till next week,

~ Madison

jambalaya writers conf

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