Monday, March 29, 2010

The Yellow Brick Road ...

It's almost April, which means conference season is about to start. So why the reference to Wizard of Oz in the title? Well, it's about traveling, finding the right place to go, meeting new people, and possibly being able to win an audience with the Wizard ... or Christine Feehan, Charlaine Harris or Sherrilyn Kenyon. The ladies are big in the paranormal world ... along with many other of my favorite writers - Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman and, of course, Stephen King, to name but few. Oh, and don't forget Dean Koontz and up-and-comers Gabrielle Faust, Lisa Mannetti and Mark W. Worthen. There are so many authors out there who write about the supernatural or paranormal or whatever your word of the day is for it.

So back to the conference idea. I hope you're planning on going if you're a writer. Pick a conference near to your or in the right price range or go totally wild and travel overseas. There are lots of cons out there. RT Booksellers is April 28th in Columbus, Ohio. RWA National is July 28th in Nashville. Emerald City (there's that Oz reference again) October 1 in Bellevue, Washington. There are plenty of them out there to find. Part of being a writer is about getting out there and networking, meeting agents, editors and other writers with whom you share a passion. It's a great way to feel connected, to get motivated and to maybe, just maybe get the go-ahead to submit something to someone so you can get published.

Where are you going this year? I know I'm going to RT. After that, who knows? Make your plans now ... and share them with us. Tell us what part of the country - or world - you're going to see this year to get that writer in your head writing, and selling.



  1. I'm going to 2010 Write Touch Conference in Brookfield, WI put on by the Wisconsin RWA. It's May 14-16th. The speakers are Mary Jo Putney and Cathy Maxwell and there will be workshops by
    A. Konrath, Lori Handeland, and Barbara Vey. It will be lots of fun. I'd love to see you there.

  2. That would be awesome. I'm in the midwest, so don't know how far we'll be traveling this year because we're getting ready to move... but I'll try!

  3. Good post--conferences really are a great way to boost your career. You can learn so much about the business and meet editors and agents. I highly recommend!

  4. One of my favorite editors will be there, so I'm really looking forward to it!

  5. I'm heading to the WRW Retreat near Washington DC April 16-18. Can't wait. It's the best regional conference ever! I wouldn't miss it for the world.