Last year’s PYHIAB Conference had such a positive impact on me that I decided to join the committee for this year’s conference as the decorations chair. Now, I can’t believe the 2015 Conference is only days away! I stressed over everything to the point that I had nightmares about deflating balloons that fell in the food, but now that all the set-up is behind me, I’m hoping for smooth-sailing.
We have some amazing speakers this year including Kerrelyn Sparks, Beth Ciotta, Julia Quinn, and Margie Lawson. Julia Quinn’s keynote at RWA 2015 was incredible, so I’m particularly pumped to see her and attend her Pre-Conference Workshop.
I’ll be pitching (heart attack–cross my fingers!) and will be rooting for a lot of my NJRW friends who will be doing the same. I’m also stoked to see our authors at the Book Fair and Author Signing.
Finally, something incredibly fun last year was attending the Anonymous Author event during which the first 200 words of authors’ manuscripts anonymously to a panel of agents and editors. The agents and editors then gave honest feedback which was incredibly useful to hear, especially considering how powerful and carefully crafted those first few lines need to be. I submitted the beginning of STARCHILD and am incredibly nervous/hopeful to have it read!
Have you ever considered volunteering your time for a conference? If so, which one?
Here’s to PYHIAB 2015!
Michelle Joyce Bond
Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this summer? We technically have a few weeks until the end of the season, but as August closes, many of us come to the end of a significant chunk of time we spend reading, writing, and relaxing with our families.
This summer was incredible for me for several reasons–the top being that I attended my first RWA Conference! I finaled in my first writing contest: the Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers with my YA time slip romance, STARCHILD. I took road trips, caught up with family, and read, read, read.
I also completed another manuscript and began revising it with my critique group. The new baby’s working title is BENEATH US. This YA paranormal is as strange as anything else I’ve written (no vampires, werewolves, or “normal” paranormal here), but I’m going to hold off on specific details for now. I used Scrivener to reverse engineer BENEATH US, strengthen, and rewrite it. I’m feeling very good about it now. 🙂
During the conference, I connected with new writers, have been communicating with some of them online, and have been checking out their social media. I learned from YA and adult romance author Marty Mayberry about Pitch Wars which I plan on participating in during their next run. She’s a Pitch Wars mentor and it seems like an incredible program! Contemporary romance author Aly Grady clued me in about Pitch Madness which begins on September 10th. This is a twitter pitch session which lasts the entire day. I’m getting my 140 character pitches ready for that now. So excited!
How about you? How did your summer go? What are you up to now?
Michelle Joyce Bond
NJRW 2014 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference — “30 Years of Happily Ever Afters!”
October 17-18, 2014
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Early Bird Pricing: June 1-July 31st
NJRW Member $215 – Non-member $240
Prices go up August 1st, so get in early.
Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever.
Susan Mallery: Keynote Speaker
Stella Cameron: Luncheon Speaker
Jennifer Probst: Special Presentation*
Roxanne St Claire: 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop ($45)
* For first 100 registrants
Some things to expect:
- Workshops for writers of all levels
- Editor/Agent Appointments
- Literacy Book Fair/Author Signings (a portion of proceeds will go to Literacy Volunteers of NJ)
- Opportunities for Networking
Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend:
- Louis Fury, The Bent Agency
- Jita Fumich, Folio Literary Management
- Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency
- Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency
- Lori Perkins, LPerkins Agency
- Sarah E. Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency
- Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
- Nicole Fisher, Avon Books
- Sarah Murphy, Bantam Dell
- Angela James, Carina Press
- Treva Harte, Loose Id
- Lauren McKenna, Pocket Books
- Mary Altman, Sourcebooks Inc.
- Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks Inc.
- Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin’s Press
- Melissa Ann Singer, Tor/Forge
- Julie Mianecki, Berkley
- Kristine Swartz, Berkley
… … and more to come
- Madeline Hunter, PAN/PUB Retreat Kickoff Speaker
- Susan Mallery, Screw The Muse, I’m on a Deadline
- Stella Cameron, People Make Your Story
- Jennifer Probst and Jen Talty, Sweet, Snarky, or Sexpot: What Makes a Good Heroine?
- Christine Bush, First Timer’s Workshop
- Anne Walradt, Writing the “Can’t Put It Down” Novel
- Laura Curtis, Personal Branding for Authors
- Nancy Herness, Sell Your Book, Not Your Soul
- Julie Ann Walker, The Hard and Fast Rules for a Kickass Query & How to Make Your Characters THUNDER
- Beth Ciotta, Derring-Do, The Passionate Writer’s Guide to Success
- Julie Rowe, Taming Twitter 2-hour block
- Mary Burton, Novel Write
- Joanna Shupe, Tech Tips for Writers
- Judi Fennell, How to Self Publish & Novel In A Nutshell
- Tina Gallagher and Pattie Giordani, Pitch Perfect
- Nisha Sharma, GMC in the YA Novel & Score! Game plans, Strategies, and Plays
- Sandra Pesso, Work Your Social Media Platform like a Rockstar
- Shiloh Walker, Draw Me A Story
- Jen Talty, Building Your Author Brand
- Bob Mayer, Write It Forward
- Jen Talty and Bob Mayer, E-pub, POD, and the Future of Publishing
- Laura Kaye, The Secrets Behind Becoming a Bestseller
- Kristen Painter, Worldbuilding Through a Series
- Diana Cosby, Marketing for Impact 2-hour block
- Donna MacMeans, Grab Your Reader on Page 1
- Mallory Braus and Elizabeth London, Top Ten Ways You’re Showing Rather Than Telling
- Laurie Cooper, This Bridge Looks REALLY High
- K.M. Fawcett and Cathy Tully, Looking for Action? Writing Believable Fight Scenes
- Leigh Duncan, A Walk In The Plot
- Victoria Pinder, Be Your Own Agent
- Judith Roth, The Art of Self-Editing
- Sarah Younger
- Jeanette Grey, Domains and Graphics
- Vicky Sue Dreiling, Make Them Laugh, Make Them Cry
- Maria Snyder, Classic Writing Mistakes
- Susan Wall, Book Trailer Boot Camp
- Louisa Edwards, How to Give and Get Better Critiques
- Peter Andrews, How to Write Fast
- Laurie Bevin Cooper, How to Make Opportunities Happen
- Paula Scardamalia, How to Use the Tarot To Write
To register, click here!
If you have questions, please contact: DC “Desi” Stone, NJRW’s 2014 Conference Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or, Jackson D’Lynne, Assistant Chair, at email@example.com
For registration questions, please contact: Jenny Baskwell Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check our web site www.njromancewriters.org frequently for updates!