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Why I love writer conferences - Part 2

It was insightful for me to read my blog post from last week. I'd written that over five years ago, when my writing career was just starting.

Back then, I didn't know what I'd need as a writer. I joined up with too many goal setting groups, wrote too many different genres, and wasn't focused on a career. It was a few years of throwing spaghetti on the wall.

Now that I'm more settled, I still like a good Bright and Shiny, but they are put aside until I get my work done. And sometimes, that doesn't happen.

I'm a cozy mystery author with a side serving of romance, Robyn Carr style. I like my big cast of characters in my romances as well as in my mysteries. That doesn't fit the current mold that traditional publishers have for romance, so I'm self publishing those stories. (Check out the Castle View series if you want a taste.)

At the end of the month, I'm going back to the RWA Nat'l convention in Orlando. Even though romance isn't the main course in my writing life, the conference is a learning bonanza of opportunities. I'll be taking workshops on self publishing, writing craft, and talking the writing business to my peers and friends.

And there might be a few adult beverages at night, just to keep up with the Jones's.

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