Wisdom Overheard

04 Jul

Last week, I attended the Romance Writers of America (RWA) national conference in New York City. The conference featured craft workshops, industry updates, and social networking opportunities. Boy, did we work those social opportunities! And of course, New York City itself is fascinating with a diverse population, shops, restaurants, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square. You get the idea.

RWA also provides writers with the opportunity to pitch to agents and editors. It’s valuable because you get to present the agent/editor as a professional. You’re not cold pitching via e-mail or ground mail. You’re not a faceless name on a page. You can establish a personal connection and hopefully, they will ask you to submit your work. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a start. I’ll write about my appointments in the future as well.

I’ll be more specific in future blogs but wanted to share a few words of wisdom I heard while at the conference. Behind each sample is a wealth of information and food for thought. Enjoy.

“Romance readers want romance.”

Flannery O’Connor wrote in a letter, “Nothing you write will lack meaning because the meaning is in you.”

“Your voice is you on the page.”

“Everyone, at one time or another, thinks their book is crap.” (I love this one!)



13 responses to “Wisdom Overheard

  1. johannaharness

    July 4, 2011 at 5:56 AM

    I can’t wait to hear more, Janis! So glad our adventurous bloggers are home. 🙂

    • Janis

      July 4, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Thanks. It was fun and informative but it’s always nice to be home.

  2. Carley Ash

    July 4, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    It sounds like so much fun.
    I like the last one – “Everyone, at one time or another, thinks their book is crap.” I’ve discovered that on those wonderful days that I get to write for hours and hours, that I start to get tired after about 8 – 10 hours, and that’s when I start having this feeling.

  3. Janis

    July 4, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    I like to imagine that Shakespeare, Alcott, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stewart, and Woodiwiss all felt the same way along their roads.

  4. Amanda Bonilla

    July 4, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Great words of wisdom. Can’t wait to hear more conference news!

  5. Janis

    July 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Thanks, Amanda. It’s always inspiring.

  6. Clarissa Southwick

    July 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Wonderful quotes, Janis. It seems we all love the last one best. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Janis

    July 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM


    Yes, we do relate to that one!

  8. Mary Vine

    July 4, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I’m glad you got a chance to go, Janis. It’s been 6 years sent I went to the conference in Reno. I will appreciate anything you have to share about the conference and look forward to it!

    • Janis

      July 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      I hope to do it justice.

  9. Liz Fredericks

    July 5, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Good selections on the advice from conference, Janis! I think that my favorite bit of advice came from a conversation with an established author. She said our greatest resource lies in the support system of our writing friends. Celebrating each other and Every Single Success within the group means that we’ll have a whole lot of celebrations over time. I like that – pooling the good feelings and drawing strength from your friends to mitigate the bad.

    • Janis

      July 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      Yes, the support system helps immensely. Thanks for commenting.

  10. Lynn Mapp

    July 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Janis, it sounds like you picked up several jewels in the big city. I can’t wait to read about your appointments.


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