Monday, May 25, 2009

Perth Roadshow 2009

On Saturday I attended the 2009 RWA Romance Roadshow in Perth. What a fantastic day! The Roadshow Committee did a wonderful job of organising everything. We were lucky enough to have Kelly Hunter, President of the RWA and published with Harlequin Mills and Boon Modern Heat/Sexy Sensation, Keri Arthur, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Riley Jenson, Guardian series, and Denise Rossetti, erotic romance author published with Ellora's Cave and Berkley Sensation.

The day could have been tailor made for me, since Keri took workshops on world building, on how we as authors can successfully create an alternative and believable environment. I find setting a challenge and have to constantly remind myself to layer in the landscape/climate etc so this was invaluable for me.

Keri also did a question and answer session on writing urban fantasy/paranormal and all the nitty gritty bits of the publishing world which was completely fascinating!!!

Me and Keri Arthur (not that I'm name dropping here...)

Then we had the Sealed Section with Denise which
proved very popular for some reason!!! We discussed language, the differences between erotic romance, erotica and pornography and the importance of vivid sensory detail and deep emotional point of view. Her tips were invaluable.
It was also great to chat about publishing in general with authors who've experience in both e and traditional publishing marketplaces.

There were also tutorials on deep point of view, effective story dialogue and romance heroes, lots of spot prizes and goody bags!

Me with Denise Rossetti (OK I AM shamelessly name dropping!!)

It was fantastic to meet up with so many other writers, and it sure didn't feel like a whole year ago since the inaugural Roadshow when I was so inspired that I subbed Foretaste of Forever to The Wild Rose Press!

Here's a pic of me with my good mate Nikki Logan, who a few months after last year's Roadshow signed a two book contract with Harlequin Mills and Boon Romance! Her debut book is out in the New Year and I can't wait to read it!


Eleni Konstantine said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time Christina. And love the shameless name dropping - though can it be called name dropping when you actually have photos and attended workshops ;)) Great pics - and look there's fellow Bootcamper Nikki!

Christina Phillips said...

It was fantastic, Eleni, I had several light bulb moments which is always great, and came back home revitalised and raring to go!!

I should have got a pic of Nikki in her Bootcamper's cap, shouldn't I!

Rachael Johns said...

Oh Christina - great write-up and fabulous photos. I took my camera and AGAIN forgot to really take any! And it was a pity not to have caught up more with you. Roll on the next one, I say!


Mon Wood said...

Looks like you guys had a wondeful time. I'm glad it was a success. Would have loved to be there with you all!

Suzanne Brandyn Author said...

Looks like it was successful, Christina. And I don't have to ask if you had a good time. :) it shows.

I'm not sure if I'll ever make it over far away. lol.. but one never knows.

I'm looking forward to the Brissie conference this year... so so much. :)

Shelley Munro said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Keri and Denise are both favorite writers of mine.

Great pix.

Kaye Manro said...

What a great day, Christina! Now you should share some of that knowledge with us from the workshops. That's just wonderful about getting so inspired last year that you've subbed and pubbed since then! Great pics too.

Amanda Ashby said...

Yay for shameless name dropping!!!!! The roadshow sounds like it was amazing and I'm so jealous!!!!!!! And not long now until you come over for RWNZ conference. Let the countdown begin...

Helen Hardt said...

Sounds like a great time -- and I love the photos!