I just cleared NJRW’s 30K writing challenge for the month of February–JeRoWriMo! Thank god for canned food and classic Nintendo which kept my husband alive while the laptop ate my brain. Love you, Dave. 🙂
Also, thanks to everyone in the JeRoWriMo loop who kept me super motivated so I could stay up way past my teacherly bedtime and listen to my muse.
Michelle Joyce Bond
Somewhere between grading, lesson plans, curriculum, and the general pull-my-hair-out stress that comes with the beginning of the school year, I lost myself.
All that was left of me dissolved into my job. Still–and I hold true to this–never a day without a word! I crawl into bed exhausted, cuddle up with a notebook, and write, write, write because there is no therapy like word therapy. I have literally been sleeping with notebooks.
But today…I got to wear my writer’s hat in the daylight.
The expertise and enthusiasm of the presenters at our workshops gave me the little kick I needed to get back on the book train. There are too many “best parts” to count, but Roxanne St. Claire’s workshop on scene revision definitely resonated with me. We share a similar revision process which I won’t go into detail about, but it was good to hear that I’m not the only one who stops in the middle of her first draft and goes back to rewrite it from the top.
On that note, I’m returning to my latest WIP, mid-draft revising it for the second time and writing (finally!) to the end. So here’s to finding myself again, buried deep in the words.
Have you ever been to a writing conference? If so, what’s the best piece of advice you learned there?
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!