ORAcon 2013

On Saturday, September 21, I and 100+ other gorgeous and talented members of Ozarks Romance Authors covened at the University Plaza Hotel for a fabulous fiction writers conference.

Registration began at 8 am. I  rifled  through my goodie bag,( which contained a copy of The Writer’s Digest Writer’s Workbook, several free novels, and chocolate, lots of chocolate,)  and shortly thereafter I hurried off to the Arkansas Room to get a headshot taken by Davis Photographic Designs. For just $30 I’ll recieve a high-resolution digital file of my favorite image, including basic retouching (cause afterall-no one loves eye bags!) and full commercial copyright release to use on my website, future book covers, press kits, etc. Sharon does FANTASTIC work and I’m sure I’ll be as pleased with this studio shot as I was my the shots she recently did at my home.

Next, I met with Foreword Literay Agency Partner & Agent Laurie McLean. I am happy to annouce I had a successful pitch session and will be sending her the first chapters of my MG Fantasy, The Fifth Dragon.

Back in the Oklahoma Ballroom, presentations had begun. Authors Shawntelle Madison & Jeannie Lin discussed world building and how to enrich a story by incorporating elements of culture and setting. Next up were Kimberly Killion & Jennifer Jakes who offered new insights about self publishing.( I LOVE the free calendar the Killion Group & HotDamnDesigns provided-Kim Killion says she personally oiled the chests of all the male models.) Right before lunch, author Leigh Michaels led a workshop on backwards plotting.

Lunch was delicious-tortellini, grilled chicken wild rice, garlic bread sticks-but I passed it all by and headed straight for the bake shoppe sweet table!

Then it was back to the Oklahoma Ballroom for info on book reviews and how to get them by Madison & Lin. they discussed things like NetGalley, scribd.com,street teams and just how many free copies of your novel you should plan on giving away. (Lin says 200-300!) The Query Gong Show- led by McLean, Holly Atkinson and Tish Beaty was one of the highlites of the conference. As McLean said,” Cook down your query, sauce tastes better than tomatoes and water. Choose your words carefully and watch repition. Remember : hook, book, and cook!” (Sell it, summarize it, and briefly tell your author credits.) The last workshop of the day, on editing, was led by Tish Beaty. She provided a helpful handout with tips and characterization questions/traits one can use to create a memorable protagonist and villian.

The day ended with a presentor panal-all questions welcome- raffle, and annoucement of the 2013 Weta Nichols Fiction Writing Winers.

President Lisa Medley and ORAcon Chair Cecily White are to be commended for putting on such a great show-I can’t wait for ORAcon 2014!

ORAcon 2013



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