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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My weekend at the Florida Writers Association conference

Writers’ conferences are definitely fun! During the weekend before last, October 22-24, I attended one sponsored by the Florida Writers Association in Orlando.

Plenty of good workshops gave me new ideas. The one I gained the most from was Red Hot Internet Publicity by Penny Sansevieri. I didn’t think I’d learn much, but she went from basic to advanced ideas in less than an hour. Her talk was crammed with useful tips about helping readers find you all over the internet and how to link all of your social media together. I highly recommend taking a workshop with her.

The days were long and food was everywhere. But, the best part of the conference was meeting fellow writers. Exchanging ideas gave me fresh perspectives on so much about my own writing. It was a real treat to meet paranormal YA author Sherry Adams. She and I had clicked with a friendship online since the beginning of the year. Just as fantastic was to meet a fellow MuseItUp Publishing author, Rebecca Ryals Russell, who writes YA/MG fantasy. Working together within the same house, we could relate on dozens of promotion/marketing issues.

(L to R): Rebecca Ryals Russell; me; Sherry Adams

Throughout the conference workshops, we had a blast laughing and helping each other link what we learned to our own situations. Spending this time with those ladies, one idea led to the next in a waterfall of continuous brainstorming … until my brain overloaded and I was happy to head for home. A wonderful experience. Can’t wait to do it all again!


Sherry Adams said...

It was wonderful to met you too! I am looking forward to another great weekend next year.

Ginger Simpson said...

I would love to meet you and Rebecca. My dream of actually meeting a fellow Muser in person is coming true on Friday when Roseanna and her husband are coming through Tennessee on their way home. I'm so excited. Maybe next year we can attend a conference at the same time. I'm always hopeful.

Marsha A. Moore said...

We'll have to be on the lookout for more good conferences to attend and keep wonderful friendships going.

I'd love to meet you too, Ginger. Hopefully some event brings us together. Have fun on Friday!

lionmother said...

it's always fun to meet someone you know online in person. I have done it many times and I always feel like we've known each other a much longer time. Each person I meet is always a joy and enriches our whole friendship.

I would love to meet all of you. Maybe if someone is close to me we could meet. Let me know. I live in Stamford, CT. Anyone???

Rebecca Ryals Russell said...

It WAS a fun weekend filled with too much food and plenty of helpful information. It was especially fun meeting Sherry and Marsha. I look forward to Dragoncon next year.

GutsyWriter said...

I live in California and am trying to sell our house to move to Naples, FL. Since it hasn't sold, I didn't attend, however, a friend of mine, Kim Peterson, won an award there. Did you meet her?

Marsha A. Moore said...

GutsyWriter -- sorry, I didn't meet Kim. Hope you get resettled soon. Naples is a lovely place.

Really looking forward to Dragoncon next year. That will be fantastic!