Having returned on a high from the annual Australian Romance Writers Conference I wanted to write a post that captured the essence of the event. But how to give it the credit it's due? Most people think romance is all gushy and fluffy hearts and flowers. Yet this conference is the largest professional event focusing on the craft of writing in our wide, brown land. It attracts nearly 390 delegates over four days, provides pitching opportunities to new and established writers, and a to-die-for social calendar and let's not mention the outrageous costumes at the cocktail party!
So I thought, go to the source - what better way to tell the story of a conference experience than from the mouths (or tweets) of the attendees. Introducing the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 Conference as told by Twitter. (For more search #RWAus14)
@SmartBitches Overheard #RWAus14:
Lady: "When I go to the library, I always look for Mills & Boon Sexy."
Friend "You won't find any. I have them all."
@NikkiCousins Most guys talk in shorthand. Go back thru your manuscript and shorten the Hero's dialogue #rwaus14
@BookThingo: #RWAus14 First time the Stand Ups included bloggers!!! (- Anne Gracie closes each conference with a list of stand up's - Stand up if you've finished a manuscript this year. Stand up if you've submitted to a competition. Stand up if you've blogged about romance. etc until the entire room is not only standing up but welling up)
@AnitaJoyWriter The Pixar secret to success: EC=EM(R+P+H+A) +ES(WM) First time maths made sense, brilliant! #RWAus14
(NOTE: Emotional Core = Empathy (Relateability + Pity + Humanity + Admirability) + Emotional Stakes (Worthy Motivation) - in case you needed to know!
@RWAus Cherry Adair says stop procrastinating, stop being afraid and give ourselves permission to write crap. It can be fixed. #RWAus14
@cuznikki Internal conflict test: if you put these characters alone in a cave and nothing external will interfere why aren't they kissing #RWAus14
@DonnaMHanson Make websites mobile ready. Make sure people don't have a reason to leave. Social media above the fold on home page #RWAus14
@DonnaMHanson Think about your web presence before you get published. Editors will look you up. Start early with your branding. #RWAus14
@BeckNicholas 'Your author brand is your promise to your readers' #RWAus14
@BecMcMaster 2/ Best bit? Watching the waitress try not to wet herself laughing while pouring tea. Best conference she's worked at, I'll bet. #RWAus14
@AlexAdsett Overheard at #RWAus14- who *hasnt* spanked my husband this weekend? - Tina Marie Clark
@Ecstasyfiles The advantage indie author have over trad authors is the control over their price point that maximises profit and reader reach. #RWAus14
@ecstasyfiles Piracy isn't your biggest threat, obscurity is your biggest threat. Best protection is to make your book available & affordable. #RWAus14
@cuznikki How much do you want your character to suffer before they change. Go the whole hog #RWAus14
@cuznikki Falling in love should not be the goal #RWAus14
@cuznikki I do love a lone clapper in a workshop session #RWAus14
@ecstasyfiles Character is flower, motivation is roots. #RWAus14 #CherryAdair
@Stefanie_London Publishers prefer to contract from a full book rather than a partial, even with published authors ##RWAUS14
@ecstasyfiles Secret to getting published never changes. WRITE A KNOCKOUT WELL PACED ENGAGING BOOK THE PUBLISHER CANT PUT DOWN. #RWAus14
@RachaelJohns I'm not sure there is anyone in the WORLD as funny a Cherry Adair!! #RWAus14!!
@SarahBrabazon Cherry Adair is refusing to relinquish the podium #RWAus14 she's a hilarious speaker!
@RWAus Editors know when they first talk to you, you’re deaf, dumb and blind. You’re not going to hear anything - Cherry Adair #RWAus14
@ecstasyfiles Each scene must contain some element of fear, from worry through to terror, to compel reader to keep reading. #RWAus14 #JamesScottBell
@RWAus2014 We believe this should be compulsory viewing for all #RWAus14 attendees:http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/author-at-a-convention-told-in-supernatural-gifs/ … You're welcome.
@ecstasyfiles The book is king. If the king isn't doing the job you need him to do, behead him. Top advice @marieforce
@ecstasyfiles You can all rest assured the world is a better place because of #RWAus14. Next year Get Fresh in Melbourne,21-23 Aug @ Park Hyatt
See you there next year! xxx