Along with others of the Ladies, I went to the RWA national conference in Orlando last week, and like everyone else, I seem to have returned home full of good ideas and better intentions. Elizabeth mentioned yesterday the workshop that Damon Suede presented and several of us attended, in which he described a technique for keeping your characters consistent throughout your manuscript: the power of a single verb. That was a great idea—and fun to see it in action. I’m revising with that in mind.
Several of the Ladies plan to embark (or have embarked) on an indie publishing career, and many of the workshops spoke to that. Resource ideas were everywhere. One resource is the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), which just recently evaluated self-publishing service providers with an eye to cautioning users about companies that are mostly scams. Their directory is focused on companies more than individuals (not many individual cover designers are represented, for example), but it gives you a place to begin.
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There were tons more workshops at the conference covering writing and publishing, craft and well-being, and many more topics for indie and traditionally published authors. No one could go to them all, and even so, there was a lot of information to come to grips with! Now that I’m back and cogitating, I think I’ll pull out my keyboard and start reading. What about you?