What did I learn from my conference???
Note it took me a while to get to this post. The artist in me likes to absorb things, information, images, emotions and the scientist in me likes to analyze them.
I learned that if I want to succeed as a writer I need to focus. Just because I fancy writing an historical romance, doesn't mean I should just do it.
I am focusing on writing a book that Harlequin Intrigue or Silhouette Intimate Moments might buy. After that I want to write another, and another until I can do it with speed and style. I do want to write a mystery/romance. Wouldn't that be fun, some old fashioned whodunit with some modern day sexiness? But I have a publisher in mind for that...see I am focusing :)
I learned that I don't necessarily like everybody in the business. That was a shocker because I have found very few people in my life who I don't like. I figure you need to surround yourself with likeable souls you can work/play with and let the rest get on with their own lives.
I learned you could probably screw your career with some misplaced comment or badly thought out rant. Though I am quiet I tend to speak my mind. I don't want to sell my soul for a contract, but I think storing away details rather than just bitching could be worth a lot in the long run.
I learned that like everywhere else politics is alive and well in the Romance Writers of America. LOL. Shame.