The 2017 M&M Conference was fantastic and the Schedule of Events gave every writer a chance to learn more and more and more. We all registered on Thursday, 9/28, got settled in our room(s), and headed out to see who all was here. Dinner on our own this evening, so we headed to Lattitude 33 for a little refreshment and food. Talked with some newbies this year and met up with the writers we knew and discussed the schedule. There was something for every writer, no matter what particular genre they wrote in or were interested in. Breakfast at 8am and then on Saturday, workshops followed until 6pm. There were pitch appointments for authors wanting to get the attention of agents and publishers. Our featured speaker at lunch was Ciara Knight. She talked about her writing career and romance genres she writes in. The list is L-O-N-G. After lunch, more workshops and got an earful with James R. Tuck on how Alpha Males and their roles play an important part in romance writing. Saturday. After another full day, I retired to our room, (forgot to mention I’ve roomed with the same writer since 2013). Then onto breakfast and pitch appointments and out Keynote Luncheon with Sherrilyn Kenyon. If you’ve heard about Paranormal and never tried it, please do. Scary? No, but she takes you to places you did not know existed and does it with complex characters. Then on to the book fair and authors autographing their books, with a cocktail hour following. Which can only mean it is time for the Maggie Awards Ceremony, Dinner, and Dance. This is one affair where the writers can invite their husbands or wives. Sunday came in a hurry and it was once again time to inhale all the information we received and take another look at my work and see where I can improve my manuscript. Virginia Kantra was our featured Craft Speaker. She talked about Sex, Struggles, Intimacy, and Control. It is not just about the handcuffs.!!!
Then onto the good-byes and see ya next year. Yep the Georgia Romance Writers are already planning the 2018 M&M. Start writing. Keep Writing. Keep Pitching and maybe we will see you again along with new writers.
REMEMBER TO KEEP THE FIRE BURNING.
Patricia – P E Patterson