Saturday, July 16, 2011
More from the conference
I think the atmosphere could best be described as "lively"; these conference venues are always stunned by just how lively 150 romantic writers can be. I fear they all believe that we are all incredibly sedate and wear pink. What a mistake to make!
The workshops were very informative, as was the published authors round table; lots to talk about at the moment with the surge of eBooks changing the face of publishing in the same way as the paperback -- according to publisher Simon Petherick -- did in the first half of the twentieth century.
A panel of award winning writers, including Jill Mansell, Joanna Maitland and Elizabeth Chadwick talked about their careers and their writing methods.
This is Jill - who writes on the dining room table with the television on - showing us her essential "time line", aided by Joanna Maitland and Jane Wenham Jones who chaired the panel.
Our new chair, Anne Ashurst (Sara Craven), brought the conference to a close by drawing the winner of an amazing hamper of chocolate donated by Green & Black's - who also added bars of their Maya Gold to all the conference goodie bags.
It was a wonderful weekend. Much to learn and absorb about a fast changing business. Time to catch up with old acquaintances, make new friends and put real faces to the Tweeps I've come to know over the last year.