May 29th, 2017

The Drive to Survive as a Writer

Christina Delay

I recently watched a talk about the drive to survive; how every organism (including us) on the planet has this most basic force driving all decision-making. It is always on the lookout for danger AND always assessing how to meet its most basic needs—food, shelter, procreation, etc.

Applied to our writing, that explains […]

September 19th, 2016

Conference Subtext: Watching the Pros and Learning From Them

Angela Ackerman

Conferences are full of opportunities to learn, network, and grow. This summer I attended a local 3-day event called When Words Collide, which is a conference for writers and readers. Over 700 people attended, and every hour there were many different craft, marketing, industry, and genre-specific presentations to choose from. A fantastic event!

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March 24th, 2014

Who Are Literary Agents and Editors Anyway?

Kathryn Craft

by Kathryn Craft Turning Whine into Gold

In response to a tweet promoting a recent Twitter submission event, I received the following response:

“To put it delicately, f*** the agents and editors. Never pander to what they’re looking for.” (Asterisks mine.)

I would like to thank this “delicate” tweeter. […]

June 11th, 2012

My First RWA National Conference Memories

by Fae Rowen

My first RWA National Conference was the last time it was held in Anaheim. It was a long time ago, maybe 1997.

I had just joined OCC and RWA in February of the same year. I’d finished two books–a fantasy medieval and a futuristic romance. The fantasy medieval was written with no […]

April 11th, 2012

Conferences – Part 2: Where The Editors and Agents Are

by Jenny Hansen

On Monday, Laura Drake gave us amazing tips on How To Improve Our Pitching. I’ve got to admit, I was totally impressed.

As extroverted as I am, I’d almost rather get a root canal than go to a group pitching session. I’ve been to them and hated it. The best thing you […]