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Calling All Readers!

I love conferences. There is nothing more energizing and inspiring then getting together with other authors and talking books. As a writer you always need to learn, grow, and perfect your skills. At certain point in time, however, you have to step out from behind the desk and start interacting with your end user, your readers.  This year Liberty States Fiction Writers has given me the opportunity to create a forum for authors and readers to come together to hang out, have a little fun, and talk books at our Create Something Magical Conference. The conference will be held on March 17, 2012, so with registration starting very soon, I thought I’d give a sneak peak of what we have in store for the readers and writers that join us for our inaugural reader’s event.

Have you always wanted to attend Lady Jane’s Salon, but never had the opportunity? Well, here’s your chance. We will be starting things off with drinks, dessert and readings.  From there you’ll have the opportunity to hang out with some of you r favorite authors such as Larissa Ione, Katharine Ashe, Virginia Kantra, Jonathan Maberry, Ally Blue, Sarah MacLean and many more. Of course, there will be a book signing so you’ll have the chance to check a few items off of your to buy list. Finally, we’ll end the day with a little dinner and a lot of dancing.

That’s just the tip of the ice berg. We’ll have games and prizes as well as a few other surprises in store. So I hope we’ll see some of you on March 17, 2012 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel.

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Liberty States Conference

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.