REFILLING THE WELL
By: Julie Miller
Congratulations to Valri, the winner of Julie Miller's giveaway. Julie will be contacting you directly. Thank you to all who participated!
This weekend I attended the annual Prairieland Romance Writers retreat. In fact, judging by the way my eyes aren't focusing on the computer screen this morning, I'm still recovering from it. Okay, so that could have something to do with the deadline I’m on, too. Don't get me wrong, I was a very good girl--I just didn't get much sleep because I didn't want to miss a moment of the wonderful opportunity to hang out with such a talented, hard-working, knowledgeable and entertaining group of writers.
Our group was dubbed "The Small but Mighty" Prairieland Romance Writers by one of our members, 2-time RITA winner Kristin Gabriel (who now writes fabulous, funny cozy mysteries for Guidepost books under the name Kristin Eckhardt, btw). Our chapter consists of only 11 members (give or take, from year to year), and the majority of us were in attendance at the hotel in the middle of Nebraska we took over this weekend. So while we're small in number, we have a vast array of talents and expertise. Personally, I've written over 45 books. Sherry James rocks the sexy cowboy market. We have an erotic romance author with numerous awards (Robin L. Rotham). And we have the hottest thing on the Victorian historical market, Laura Landon (she’s our chapter president, btw, and I’m her ever faithful VP). We have single title and series authors, romantic comedy and romantic suspense, inspirational writers, aspirings, newly published and multi-published amongst our ranks. And we all know how to make the most of our annual mini-conference. The trick? Networking.
Our retreat included a business meeting (which we quickly got out of the way to get to the good stuff!), some private writing time, dinner out, a bottle of wine, chocolate snacks, and several roundtable discussions on topics our members had suggested earlier. We covered market trends and some changing business practices in the publishing business. We also talked about social networking, and where and how we could get the best results for our time and energy. (Thanks, Just Romantic Suspense blog!) But most of our discussions centered about goal-setting, achieving career goals, what makes us feel successful and increasing personal productivity. There were also some informal discussions (okay, this is where the wine and chocolate became involved, but it was a lot of fun!) about book reviews—coping with the sucky ones, how to deal with the misinformed ones that frustrate us, and celebrating the fabulous ones. We talked about how our personal lives impact our writing and how we can help each other cope with obstacles and responsibilities while moving toward that the success we crave.
Ultimately, I came away from this weekend inspired to come home and write (which is a good thing since I've got that deadline on my plate and a new proposal to write as soon as I’m finished. And, of course, I spent some quality time with some really good friends. Always a good thing.
So, what did you do this weekend? Get in any good networking? Learn something interesting? Spend time with friends? I invite you to share. I'll give away a copy of one of my current release, ICE LAKE, a romantic suspense anthology I wrote with BJ Daniels and Delores Fossen, to one lucky poster. Or, if the winner prefers, I’ll email a download of my latest romantic suspense with a paranormal twist ebook, ALWAYS FAITHFUL.
Giveaway ends 9pm EST Jan. 20th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, use the email under the CONTACT page to enter with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY.
***Upcoming Books from Julie Miller***
NANNY 911--Dec 2011
ICE LAKE--Jan 2012
ALWAYS FAITHFUL (ebook only)--Jan. 2012
THE MARINE NEXT DOOR--May 2012