Another big step…

If I’ve learned anything in the last year it’s writing consists of much more than just writing. If you want to be published anyway. In an effort to dip my toe further into the waters and hopefully learn more about the craft and the industry, I’m attending my first romance writer’s conference in less than a month. The New Jersey Romance Writers of America Put Your Heart in a Book conference may not be as large as the Nationals but it’s not all that small either. Authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Elizabeth Boyle, Sophia Nash and the duo of Liz Maverick & Marianne Mancusi will be speaking or presenting workshops. And that’s only the beginning. The complete list offers many more authors as well as industry professionals.

On a little aside, I’m happy to announce I am one of the lucky attendees invited to Julia Quinn’s workshop on dialogue. This is a ticketed event for the first 100 registered and I’m ticket #94. Whew – just made it.

But back to business. In addition to meeting some of my favorite authors (re-meeting Eloisa James Yay!) and gaining priceless knowledge and insight into writing from the people who know, I’ll also be networking. I hope. Which is why I’ve now made it official and ordered my first business cards. I can’t believe it.

First of all, they confirm I’m a writer. Really, it says it right there on the cards so it must be true. And second, I’ve never had a reason to have business cards before so that in itself is surreal. If all goes well, I’ll have them in my hot little hands no later than four days before the conference. If all goes wrong, I could be up a networking creek without a card. But we’re thinking positive here so lets not go there.

How about you – have you ordered your business cards? Have you attended or made plans to attend your first conference? Does the idea of talking to your favorite authors or pitching your MS give you the heebie-jeebies? Thank goodness I’m not pitching this time around. I said dipping my toe in not doing a belly flop off the diving board!

And before I forget – I highly recommend Vistaprint. You can get business cards for free! (plus shipping of course)

16 thoughts on “Another big step…”

  1. Celeste says:

    Here’s something I haven’t considered doing. Business cards. Seems like it should have occurred to me right along with the website, but huh… What did you put on it? Terrio – author? Terrio – writer? Hm. Must think about that.

    I don’t mind pitching at conferences. I know alot of people are unnerved by it, and generally speaking, I don’t care for just walking up to people and asking them to read my book, but I’ve had great pitch sessions 🙂 Have fun at the conference! I know some folks from my group are going!!!

  2. terrio says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Celeste. I put writer since it’s been explained to me you generally don’t get to call yourself an author until you have something published. I’m not sure who made that rule or if it’s really a rule but I don’t want to mislead anyone from the get go.

    Since I was a radio personality for years and can basically talk to anyone, I don’t think pitching will be too unnerving. But I haven’t had any pitching workshops so I’m happy not to have to do one just yet. Hopefully I can get plenty of tips on that topic while I’m there.

  3. Santa says:

    I got business cards for National but my pen name, Santa O’Byrne, was in teeny tiny print. Otherwise, they’re gorgeous!

    Can’t wait to meet you at the NJ conference. I didn’t make the JQ cut because I am registering this weekend which makes me number….342876, I think.

    Pitching was nerve wracking but great practice.

  4. Have fun in NJ! I think the ‘dip’ is a great way to gear up for National…which I do hope to get to next year. I’ll probably be so overwhelmed I’ll need drugs. 🙂

  5. terrio says:

    I’m so excited about meeting you, San. Just being able to tell my daughter “I met Santa!” is worth the price of admission. LOL!

    I do hope you make it to Nationals, Maggie. But with so many Bon Bons in one place, I’m afraid we are all going to need at least a month to recover afterwards.

  6. MsHellion says:

    What do your cards look like? can you scan one? 🙂

    I’m SO jealous! Sherrilyn Kenyon is going to be at this event??! Get her signature for me, please, I beg you–I own like her every book–okay, not the hardback because I’m cheap, but every other book!

  7. terrio says:

    I thought about posting a pic of the cards but then, you know, that’s a bit too much personal info on the net. They’re a pretty light green with a vine of some sort running down the left side.

    I was playing with some others – since these are so cheap and you can basically order as many different ones you’d like – and I put my little gypsy avatar on one side. That looked so cool!

    Maybe I’ll edit out the personal stuff and post that one for fun.

    Oh, I’ll do my best to get the autograph for you. If you’re really nice – maybe I’ll buy the hardback and have her sign that for you. Which book is that anyway?

  8. MsHellion says:

    Devil May Cry.

    But honestly I’ve worn out most of my copies of her darkhunter books (except that one with Wulf in it–can’t stand that book)–so you could just get a paperback to replace one of my worn ones. That’s what I’d do.

    Honestly, if you could get her to sign a napkin…I wouldn’t care. I’d just frame it.

  9. terrio says:

    I just found out they are adding a workshop with Sherrilyn (she was only supposed to be speaking) so if I can make it I’ll try to get a copy of the handouts or notes for you and I’ll have her sign those. Plus a book, of course.

  10. irisheyes says:

    Terri – that is so cool!

    I remember when I was working (outside the home) and my boss insisted I have business cards made up. I kept telling him it was no big deal, but when I actually saw my name on one it was like – Wow! Kind of cements and affirms your identity somewhat, doesn’t it?

    Maybe I should think about having more made up for my current occupation! Coming up with a title would be hilarious!

  11. terrio says:

    Rosie created that title years ago – Domestic Goddess.

    Embrace your Goddess, Irish! LOL!

  12. Tessa Dare says:

    This conference sounds awesome. I know a lot of people who are going. Too bad it’s on the wrong coast for me!

    I do have business cards… I’ve used, like 20 of them. Most of those were given to friends. But it is fun, and it does make one feel “official.”

  13. TiffinaC says:

    Business cards? You totally have to scan and cc hellion and I….sheesh… we shouldn’t have to ask! Send away chiquita. 😀

    And I’m so jealous I can’t go. I was hoping to pitch to an agent. 🙁 And finally meet JQ and EJ… Dammit! San Fran isn’t so far away!

  14. Janga says:

    Terri, the conference sounds wonderful. I hope you plan to share lots of info and pics with us.

    As for pitching, I decided that it is a very appropriate word because just thinking about it is enough to set my stomach pitching as if I were on board a ship on stormy seas.

  15. terrio says:

    Tessa – I wish you could come too. I guess I’ll just have to come out to your coast next summer so I can finally meet you. *g*

    Janga – Of course I’ll share lots of info and pics. I’m figuring with these workshops I should have enough blogs to fill a month.

    Tiff – Hellion has already seen them. *ducking and running for my life*

    LOL!

  16. TiffinaC says:

    That’s just not right, Ter.

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