Saturday, May 24, 2008

Moonlight & Magnolias 2008

I'd like to share that I finally registered for the 2008 Moonlight & Magnolias conference (to be held October 3rd-5th), which is organized by the Georgia Writers Romance Association. Now that I have a manuscript that I want to get published, there is no better time to enter the foray. In view of my absence at the RWA National Conference in Frisco (which I threw over in favor of 6 weeks in Europe - please don't kill me!), I decided the M&M would be adequate compensation. I do plan to attend RWA next year (perhaps also RT), but I think the line up for M&M this year could be considered very exciting as well. Here's some of what attendees will be experiencing:

---Pitch Workshop*
---Special PRO sponsored collage workshop
---Published Author Retreat
---Literacy Book Fair
---Critique Raffles
---2008 Maggie Awards Presentation
---Cold Reads by Editors & Agents
---Bookseller & Librarian Koffee Klatch

*The Pitch Workshop will be the special privilege of the first 100 registrants, and I'll be finding out soon if I'm one of them (fingers crossed).

In any case, I've volunteered to help with scheduling Editor/Agent Appointments (one of the wonderful perks being offered, in addition to "cold reads" by editors), which will, apparently, put me in the enviable position of being in close contact with publisher and agent representatives (yippee!).

Furthermore, there will be lots of other, very interesting workshops I look forward to being a part of. Here's the info directly lifted from the GRWA website:

Moonlight & Magnolias 2008 is proud to present a special 3-hour workshop "Empowering Character Emotions" by Margie Lawson on Friday, October 3, 2008.

The following workshops will be presented by our fabulous line-up of authors on Saturday, October 3:

Suzanne Adair - Writing the Hero's Journey
Haywood Smith - A Crash Course In the Book Business
CL Wilson - Dazzle 'em w/Description
Anna DeStefano w/agent Michelle Grajkowski - She Said, She Said... Developing Communication Skills that Make or Break Your Career
Alesia Holliday - Lessons Learned from the Trenches
Lynne Marshall - Riveting Revisions: The Key to Getting Published
Karen White and Susan Crandall - Using setting as a leading character
Winnie Griggs - What Came Before - The Art of Backstory
Leanne Shawler - Let's Get Physical
Jenna Petersen - The Great Agent Search
Stephanie Bond - 5 Things About Your Writing Career to Obsess Over
Barbara Ferrer - What Have You Done For Me Lately? (Working with a freelance publicist)
Carmen Green - Junk We Carry
Nancy Knight - Screenplay Writing (and how it applies to novel writing as well)
Tanya Michna/Michaels - Weathering Career Earthquakes
Margie Lawson - Empowering Characters' Emotions

An author does not have to be a member of RWA or the Georgia Chapter to attend this conference, but members do get a discount :-). As far as editors are concerned, it has been confirmed that there will be representatives from Pocket Books, Avon, Tor/Forge, Silhouette Desire and Harlequin Superromance. Spencerhill, 3 Seas, Steele-Perkins and Irene Goodman literary agencies will also have a presence at the conference.

I have also bought tickets for the Maggie Awards ceremony for myself and my husband. I'm pretty psyched about that as well, and can't wait to meet some of my favorite authors there!

All in all, I definitely look forward to getting involved. I'm sure it's going to be an amazing experience :-D.

~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
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