(Photo Credit to Ozark Romance Authors)

I have gone to several conferences in the last few years. And I always have a good time. In fact I don’t think I have ever been to one that I didn’t enjoy.

This past weekend, I went to the Ozark Romance Writers convention. And I really had a great time at this one.

It was a new experience for me because I have never actually stayed in the hotel where the conference took place. Usually I go to conferences when I have an alternate place to stay, like family, to save on the hotel bills.

Let me say, I will stay in the hotel again because that sure made things easier. Especially for someone like me, who is “map challenged.” Fortunately, my Garmin got us right in the driveway, though through some interesting roads (Route YY??? Really? Run out of numbers there, Missouri??) due to some construction on the way.

The hotel was great, though I think I’m a bed reviewer… It was not the most comfortable bed. Though that was probably the worst part of my trip.

The best? I met my editor, who I’ve worked with on the Guys and Godmother books, and have learned that we really are that nerdy together in real life. 🙂

And that, yes, I will say something stupid, loudly, in the bar.

What is my editor’s best memory? Me yelling “That’s my Dick!”

::: hanging head in shame:::

I won’t even try to explain that I was talking about a character, named Richard, in a book… because it still doesn’t negate that I yelled it through the bar.


Anyway… On to the classes.

There were several, and while the one I really wanted to hear every word of, Getting Reviews for the Shy Girl, by Shawntelle Madison and Jeannie Lin, was great, I got sick and had to go lay down in the middle of. Which is doubly sad and embarrassing, because I’d even told Shawntelle before the class that I really wanted to hear what they had to say.

Leigh Michaels gave a great class about plotting backwards that was a ton of fun too, where she’d give away the ending, and we had to think about how to get the characters to that point.

There were also classes about self-publishing and branding, hosted by The Killion Group that were very interesting–something I don’t usually think about as far as books are series covers that “match.” They talked about that and branding, but not just you, but your book series.

L. Perkins Lit agent, Tish Beaty gave a great class too about self editing and the importance of making the most of your words. I enjoyed that one quite well, but that probably had to do with getting to chat with her on and off all day–we always seemed to be around each other over the course of the day.

After all, she told us how much she loved a good villain… Makes me want to write one 🙂

All in all, it was a great conference, and I do want to go again next year if my schedule allows it.

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