Justine: Conference Fun

calidreaminI’m currently attending the Orange County RWA’s California Dreamin’ conference and am having a great time, learning a lot, and connecting with other great writers. I’ll have more to report in the coming weeks about such things as ACX/Audible, great ways to advertise your books for free, and other marketing and selling ideas. For now, though, my best takeaway is this, from Caitlyn O’Leary:

Consider your book a brick-and-mortar store

  • Your cover is the storefront
  • The blurb is looking in the window
  • The sneak peek is going into the store to make a buying decision
  • The ads get the reader to your store. (yes, the ads come last, because if your store is a mess, there’s nothing to get your reader in the door)

I’ll have more on this soon.

What are some of the best conferences you’ve attended?

Romance Writers: Join Justine at Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference Next April!

Justine here: This summer, I joined the Desert Rose chapter of RWA and have enjoyed meeting new writers like myself (and writers with lots of books under their belts). The monthly meetings feature speakers who discuss a variety of topics, including publishing on CreateSpace/KDP and how to write to the young adult crowd. It’s a great chapter with some very talented and prolific writers.

Therefore, I encourage you to join me at the Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference April 4-6, 2014 at the Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, AZ, sponsored by the Desert Rose chapter of RWA.

You can hear from speakers such as Sylvia Day, Mary Buckham, Christie Craig, and more. Of course there will be workshops, keynotes, and agent/editor appointments (available on a first-come, first-serve basis), plus a book signing. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other writers.

Discount registration of $180/members or $200/non-members is available before December 31st and attendee space is limited, so be sure to register early.

For more information about the conference or to register, see the Desert Rose website.