Although exhausted and in pain from my Fibromyalgia and recent health setbacks, I’m thrilled I had the opportunity to attend. Here’s some of what I learned:
1. Even among writers, not everyone knows what “sweet romance” means. I was teased immensely by one of the presenters, but it was a wonderful opportunity to spread the word.
2. I learned that my good friend Sara can get the giggles and not stop laughing.
3. I learned never to ask an author what their book is about unless you have an hour or two of free time.
4. Despite authors being reclusive, they adore sharing their love of writing and are open and friendly.
5. I learned that when the presenter is as good-looking as Barry Eisler, I can’t learn squat in the class. (If someone has notes, please share them with me.)
6. In the only romance class taught, almost 50% of those who attended were men. One of the participants (how also taught one the best classes on suspense) said he admired romance authors because it is the only genre where the ending is pre-determined, and the author must work extremely hard to surprise the reader.
7. Although Lucas Hunt with Spitzer Literary Agency may be an excellent agent, he should give it up and become a stand-up comedian.
8. Editors, agents and authors alike reiterated that the query letter is the most important thing you will ever write.
9. I learned tons on the craft of writing, but I’m not sharing the wealth. You’ll just have to go next year.
10. And finally, the most significant thing I learned is that no matter what point you are in your career, there’s always more to learn.
Thanks to all of those who worked so hard to put together such an awesome conference. If you are a poet or an author and not a member, you are really missing out. Check out: http://www.luwriters.org/
Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Comedy, Suspense…and Dogs!