TRW’s Northern Hearts Conference

Northern Hearts conference, hosted by Toronto Romance Writers, September 2019I’ll be attending the Northern Hearts conference hosted by Toronto Romance Writers, which will be held at the North York Novotel from September 20 – 21, 2019.

There’s a booksigning on Friday night to launch the conference and I’ll be signing there.

I’ll also be teaching a workshop on Saturday (time TBD) called “Ten Reasons Why Traditionally-Published Authors Stumble When They Go Indie.”

I hope to see you there!

Romancing the Capital & Signed Books

f3a66-rtc2015I’ll be attending the Romancing the Capital Reader Conference in May, and am really looking forward to it. It was a fun conference last year (its first) and the second year promises to be even better. This year, in addition to the games, dinners, panel discussions and spotlights on individual authors, there will be some classes for aspiring writers on the day before the other activities begin. I’ll be teaching, as well as participating in several panel discussions.

The conference is sold out, but there may be some people with changed plans. If you want to attend, visit the RTC Facebook group and/or contact Eve Langlais, who is organizing the event. Her email is on the RTC site right here. At this writing, there are still some places available without meal tickets. (You could attend my Knights vs Dragons session or our panel discussion Dragons are a Girl’s Best Friend.) If you’re interested, contact Eve and she might be able to find a solution for you.

99e8c-bannersIf you’re attending the conference, I’ll look forward to seeing you there! You’ll find me pretty easily. I have a number of events on the schedule, plus I’ll be taking the boys. These banners are six feet tall.

If you’re NOT attending the conference, you can still attend the booksigning, which is open to the public.

Last year, the booksigning was CRAZY! Most authors sold out of books very quickly. So, if there’s a specific title of mine that you’d like to get at the booksigning, I strongly recommend that you pre-order it. There’s a limit to how many books I can bring and I don’t want you to be disappointed. I have a pre-order form for books for the conference right here.

I’ve also added a new option to my online store for pick-up of signed print books, with RTC as one of the possible locations. There are more backlist print titles and editions in the store than on the Google form, but I won’t bring any of these unless they’re ordered in advance. Some quantities are limited, also, like the number of complete sets of Dragonfire in mass market available. As usual, you can choose to pre-pay for your books with Paypal, Mastercard or Visa, or you can pay cash at the event. They’ll be set aside for you, either way.

To Do Lists

Every time I go to a conference, I come home with a To Do list. This has always been the case, but my lists have become longer with conferences in the past year or so. RWA Atlanta was no different – and I still have list items from BEA in May and even Novelists’ Ink last October. I’m halfway wondering if I should stay home for a year, just to catch up on my To Do lists!

The reality isn’t that I’m inefficient. We’re in a strange market in which everything is changing very quickly – and those who are nimble and take advantage of new opportunities quickly see the biggest results. Also, being indie-published means everything is my own responsibility. While I have a team (a beta reader, an editor, a cover designer, a formatter, etc.) everything stops at my desk. This is the challenge of indie-publishing – being completely in charge and fully responsible – which not every writer welcomes. There is something enticing about the idea of having someone else (like the publisher) do all of the nitty gritty while the writer just writes: the problem is that, in my experience, it doesn’t work out that way very much of the time. As I said many times at RWA this year, my publishers over the past 20 years – by offloading jobs to me – have done an excellent job of training me to publish my own books.

So, what’s on my updated list this time? RWA for me was about opportunity and networking. There are a lot of interesting ideas and possibilities out there, so many that I’ll have to pick and choose. (Sadly, my days still have only 24 hours. Boo.) Kim Killion had a fabulous idea for Thorolf’s cover which I’m hoping works out well. It would be a whole new adventure for me, which is exciting. I’ll let you know more about that when/if the details come together.

Overall, though, my plan for the next year is to write, and all the other stuff will have to fit around the perimeter of that. I’m ready to finish up my existing series and dive into a new project (and there are lost of candidates in my office.) There are two more paranormal romances  to finish the Dragonfire series (Thorolf and Sloane) and two more medievals (Malcolm and Elizabeth) to finish The True Love Brides series. I suspect Drake and Ross will get novellas of their own to conclude both series. (In an ideal universe, they will be Christmas 2014 novellas.) I’ll spend the next year researching other story ideas and developing them, maybe even launching something new soon.

These are exciting times. Stay tuned!

Coastal Magic

I spoke to a number of people at the RWA National conference in Atlanta who were interested in the Coastal Magic Readers’ Conference that will be held in Daytona Beach next February. I’m a featured author there, which is very cool – the conf is focused on paranormal romance and urban fantasy romance. Registration opened at the beginning of July, so think about attending. (Winter in Florida. What could be bad about that?) It should be a fun conference and I’m really looking forward to it.

Click through here to find out more.

I hope to see you in Daytona next February!