From Bob Mayer
- Be ruthless... with yourself. It's the difference between ordinary and elite.
- Perserverence is more important than talent (yay, that I can do)
From YA (and adults) author Kelley Armstrong on pace
-skip the boring bits - go into scene late and get out early - make it so reader will read 'just one more chapter'
From a panel of wonderful authors/editor
-if the heroine cries, the reader doesn't have to
-changing POV makes the reader change teams... think about why you're changing
The social side was soul revitalising! From rooming with the brilliant Rach and having dinner with the lovely Jackie and her mum (!) to meeting new SE author (and awesome CP) Helen Lacey for the first time it was great to see friends as well as meeting so many new people. It's so great to talk writing for days on end (rambling AT my littlies doesn't count).
The cocktail party was great fun (see pic with me, Rach, Jackie and the lovely Chelsea) and three SARA (SA Romance Authors) members took out the prizes - i was super thrilled for them... especially Charlie 'Maggie' Chaplin.
The first sale ribbons were inspiring (see Rach and Helen with the wonderful Cathryn Hein) and the awards dinner a lovely evening.
Did you make the conference? What was your highlight?