Wow, to say the lead up to an RWA Conference is a crazy time is an understatement. Running a multi-stream event takes a heap of organising. The team of fabulous volunteers put it all together over a year of dedicating their time and then some over the three days of conference. I have enjoyed every minute with the wonderful tribe of romance writers of all sorts (and they were out in force during the Twisted Fairy Tale themed Cocktail Party).
Though I was too busy to enjoy conference masterclasses, workshops, seminars, panels, forums and gatherings I did have a chance to meet many amazing writers who all shared their knowledge and stories willingly. I have come away boiling with writing ideas and renewed motivation to finish Elephant Creek (WIP) and start other projects.
Though I missed the panel on Alternative Income Streams: Maximising your skills I realise that is something that I must do. So while my part-time Administrative work for RWA is my focus as well as finishing my latest book Elephant Creek, I also want to use my Graphic Artist skills again. I’ll be designing book covers, business cards, postcards and bookmarks as well as helping other authors with press releases, book launches and other practical marketing tools. Very soon I’ll add a new tab to the website. If you know anyone after some of these services please send them my way.
My gorgeous granddaughter received a ribbon for a running race at her school. I was proud when she rushed over after school to show me. I can’t wait to have a photo taken with her. She’ll be holding her ribbon and I’ll holding my First Sale ribbon (in the pic). Technically my first book sale was in 2017 but this was my first (yep a newbie) conference so I took the opportunity to finally get it. Watching people collect their milestone pins made me realise that I am getting close to receiving the first one (5 books).
To some these badges may seem petty but I believe they encourage authors to move forward with their careers. It’s a token RWA members should be proud of. Some authors have completed over 75 books. I’m a long way off but we all have to start somewhere don’t we? And…as I was reminded by our keynote speaker (and Hall of Famer) Amy Andrews not many people finish a book – “Just get the damn book finished.”
So I will. And if you were looking forward to Elephant Creek I promise I’m setting a new deadline and sticking to it. I’ll keep you posted.