Attending Ozark Romance Authors’ Conference (#ORACon2013)

ORACon2013 Attendees

ORACon2013 Attendees

I attended ORACon 2013 over the weekend and had a wonderful time. Besides the social aspect of seeing old friends and making new friends, and the educational aspect of learning new things, the most important thing for me about attending conferences is the intangible boost of energy I get from being around a group like Ozark Romance Authors. Next time I go to a conference, I hope I can take at least a couple of afternoons off to write immediately afterwards while the juices are flowing.

Here are a few quick takeaways from ORACon2013:

  • Book covers are important (thanks to Kim Killion and Jennifer Jakes for sharing the manchests of Hot Damn Designs and the Killion Group).
  • Editing can be learned – there is a process that I can use to approach editing (thanks to Tish Beaty who shared 50 Shades of Editing . . . yes, THE Tish Beaty connected to 50 Shades of Gray. Google her. Or be lazy and follow the link I provided back there. Go ahead. I’ll wait.).
  • Worldbuilding is created through layers – and the deeper layers are what makes a reader connect with the world (thanks to Shawntelle Madison and Jeannie Lin for sharing how they build their worlds).
  • Set a goal and make it reachable (thanks to Leigh Michaels for this gem – as she pointed out, as little as 250 words a day gives you a rough draft in less than a year).

Have you been to any conferences lately (writing or otherwise)? If yes, which one & what did you think? If not – what conference would you LIKE to go to?