Posted in Publishing, Writers

Plenty of romance in Melbourne


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.

If you missed out on your copy of Kendwa’s Secret I have more in stock now. Go to my Bookstore to purchase or find a copy that suits you (paperback or ebook) on Amazon.

Author:

Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa's Secret, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). In 2017 she formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon'. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia. Donna lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but is young at heart. She's addicted to Peanut Butter, and Home & Away. She's a hugger and cries reading books and watching movies. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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