My daily news feed is full of all kinds of random information and, if it’s a Tuesday, more than a few #BadJokes. One of the items that caught my attention today was a post about the upcoming 2020 RSJ Virtual Romance Book Con. Normally I would have just skipped past the link, but I must have had training on the mind, thanks to Jeanne’s post yesterday about her takeaways from a recent deep POV class.
For those who are unfamiliar with RSJ, it stands for “Romance Slam Jam.” According to their website,
“Our book lover events celebrate diversity in publishing with a focus on romance and women’s fiction and the readers who love them.”
The upcoming virtual event takes place June 24-28th (from the comfort of your own living room) and unlike other book related events, this one includes both readers and writers. There seem to be a number of interesting workshops planned including:
- Self-Pub: Ins & Outs
- Economics of the Publishing Industry
- The Importance of Editing
Although I’ve been steadfastly avoiding taking any writing classes for quite a while now, I have gained an appreciation for virtual conferences while sheltering-at-home these past few months. With no RWA summer conference on the horizon, and needing a bit of a writing-pick-me-up, this event seems like it might just fit the bill. Plus, it sounds like a fun distraction and I can definitely use one of those.
Enjoy this year’s conference online! Pajama Cafe Cliffhanger Night, Reader and Writer games, craft workshops, interviews, and pitch sessions with Entangled Publishing, Harlequin Books, author engagements, and other industry professionals as well. You’ll also be centered around the love of romance and women’s fiction books with book lover swag, prizes, drawings to win, and more. BONUS: We’re also debuting the Unlimited RSJ Digital Magazine so we can stay apart together.
So, has anyone attended one of these events in the past or do you know anyone who has?
Do have any recommendations for other virtual book / reading / writing events?