The 2nd annual Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical conference was even better than the first. First of all, there was no monsoon this year. Secondly, the event was just plain fantastic!
Attendees raved about workshops covering topics from dialogue, voice, editing, pitching, marketing and promotion. With a line-up of terrific speakers including Jonathan Maberry, Virginia Kantra, and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, that wasn’t a surprise. One of my favorites was the Building Your Brand workshop with Angela James of Carina Press. I couldn’t take notes fast enough, and nearly two hours went by all too quickly. Kathy Fawcett and I shot, stabbed, kicked and choked each other in our own Kick Butt Heroes workshop.
One of the most exciting and nerve-wracking parts of a conference is the pitching experience. Despite a New York train snafu, appointments with agents and editors went smoothly, and more than one writer emerging with that I-just-got-a-request post-pitch glow.
Mary Janice Davidson’s keynote speech was hilarious. She reminded us all that book publishing isn’t as sexy as we’d like to believe. It’s always wonderful to hear that a New York Times Best had to wait for The Call just like the rest of us.
The day was topped off, like the whipped cream on a sundae, with a book fair that was open to the public. Readers had loads of time to buy books and talk with their favorite authors.
And, did I mention, there was no monsoon this year?
I’d like to thank all the volunteers. Without you, the event would not have been possible. Mark your calendars for March 17, 2012, and plan to visit New Jersey (it’s not like Jersey Shore, we promise) when paranormal romance author Larissa Ione gives the keynote speech at the next Create Something Magical conference.