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    Preparing for a conference


    Gold CoastIt’s writers’ conference season right now.

    In the USA lots of writers are heading to Anaheim for the Romance Writers of America Conference. I have never been to this but one year, in the not too distant future, I would love to go.

    The Romance Writers of Australia Conference is being held on the Gold Coast this year. (For the non-Australian’s that is in Queensland and it’s a very popular holiday/vacation destination). That’s it there on the left. Given how cold and wet the winter in Sydney has been this year I am allowing myself to believe it will look exactly like the photo here and I will be able to feel blissful sunshine on my face. I will be crossing my fingers and toes for the next month.

    I’m going to this one and really looking forward to it. This conference has the unlucky knack of often falling on the same weekend as my daughter’s birthday. Lucky for me this year it doesn’t so I can go.

    Also lucky for me I have been before so I get to see some wonderful women I have met in the past and also some I haven’t met, except on line. That will be fun! Plus I’m going with the wonderful Jen Tomasetti who is a member of The Writers’ Dozen and one of my favourite people on the planet.

    The Australian RWA has some main events. There’s a themed cocktail party on the Friday Night. This year it’s a 60’s inspired Diamonds Are Forever theme. (I still don’t have an outfit), There is the opportunity to pitch to agents (still don’t have the outfit for that either) and as well there is the annual Awards Dinner (I believe the outfit is covered).

    So basically I believe preaparing for a conference has two key components. Preparing your pitch and choosing your outfits. (Of course it is also a good idea to register, book flights and accommodation but I’m pretty sure everybody knows that!)

    If you have thoughts on what to pack or what not to pack for conferences I’d love to hear them. I’ll be back with specifics later.


    Annette Bower
    7/22/2012 01:48:05 pm

    Hello Monique,
    I am off to the RWA in Anaheim on Tuesday on the 6 am flight.
    I too have been before and this time I haven’t booked an editor appointment or an agent appointment. I am thrilled at this because I’m not stressing out. (I’m happy with my e publishers, XoXo Publishers and Soul Mate Publishers.)
    Besides my business casual, I am packing my promotions for the goodie room. And of course my business cards are crisp and new.
    I too look forward to meeting fabulous people who share our passion and I love learning new career and craft pointers.
    I’m taking a tablet and hoping to post from the event.
    Yours truly,

    7/22/2012 02:09:57 pm

    Have a fantastic time. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures.