RWA Conference 2013 – Riding the Waves

August 16th, 2013

I have arrived in Western Australia for the 2013 Romance Writers of Australia conference.  I landed in Perth where I met up with one of the local members, we waited for two others to fly in, and then drove to Fremantle where the conference is being held.

Tomorrow, instead of going to the writing workshop Venus and the Half Shell by Kim Hudson based on her work The Virgin’s Promise I shall attend the academic stream being held for the first time.  It is called the Elizabeth Jolley Conference, and is being run in conjunction with Curtain University.  The topic is Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century, and it looks to be a very interesting day.

I will be blogging throughout the day, and also working out my weekend schedule (no prebooking sessions!  I feel like I have not booked).

RWA wrap up

August 22nd, 2012

Well that is the full wrap up of the RWA conference, as per events and panels I attended.

I had a most excellent time, I think I learned a lot, and hopefully I will be able to put some of it to use.

I do have to finish off the Screenwriting Tips for Authors workshop notes, but there is quite a lot of that, it may take some time to go through.  I think I also have to do some restructuring of my work in progress but more of that another time.

So that is it for now.  I hope some of this has been useful or interesting for those who have read it.  Please fee free to let me know what you think, and if you would like to have a discussion on any of the topics covered here.  I may have thoughts or information whirling around in my head that didn’t make it into notes.  I’ll also put up some photos from the textiles workshop once I work out how to get them from my phone.

Speed dating with publishers & agents – part 2

August 22nd, 2012

This was the second of two panel discussions where publishers and agents were pitching to the conference about ‘why you should go on a date with me’.

Second panel consisted of:

  • Alex Adsett (Alex Adsett Publishing Services)
  • Beverley Cousins (Random House)
  • Sarah Fairhall (Penguin)


Breakout Session six – Dishing the dirt on Erotic Romance

August 22nd, 2012

Panel discussion with Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee, Rhian Cahill, Sami Lee, and Denise Rosetti

Much of their sales are in ebook format.

Some books have been self published.

Difference between erotica and erotic romance: 

  • Erotica focuses on the personal journey of one character, and that includes a sexual journey.  One or more partners maybe included, and the focus character may be married.  However those relationships are less important than the personal growth and development of the main character
  • Erotic romance is about the relationships between the characters.  There has to be emotion and not just sex which is why it is erotic romance.  However unlike other romance sub-genres, there are no closed doors which is why it is erotic and not just in the ‘sexy’ or ‘spice’ categories.  Multiple partners in menage situations are acceptable.

There are comments under the cut which may be explicit or even controversial, but read away and let me know what you think.  I’m just reporting the discussion that took place.


Breakout session five: Turn up the heat

August 19th, 2012

How to write steamy sex scenes – Nicole R Murphy

Any scene in a book needs to do at least one of these three things:
– move the plot forward
– reveal character
– show the setting

An all right scene will do one
A good scene will do two
A great scene will do all three

This goes for sex scenes as much as any other scene in the story.


RWA Conference 2013

August 19th, 2012

I know I have a few panels to catch up on, but the launch for 2013 Conference has just been announced.

Fremantle 2013:  Riding the Waves


Julia Quinn – keynote speaker, NY Times best selling romance author

Kim Hudson – workshop presenter

Nina Bruhns – mystery and erotic thriller writer

Sarah Wendell – author and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy Books

Also in conjunction with Curtain University there will be a parallel one day academic conference Reading & Writing Romance in the 21st Century. This conference is for academics, writers, independent researchers, publishers, RWA members, media and the general public.  A call for papers will open in late August

Breakout Session four: The Most Perfect Cloth – Bronwyn Parr BA (Hons)

August 19th, 2012

Textiles for Georgian and Regency characters and households

Bronwyn has been a spinner and weaver since teenager.  She did her honours thesis on 18th century textiles.
In general, the more precious materials – silks and muslins – have survived, which were worn for formal and special occasions, in museums and costume collections
Very little has survived of every day wear
They have just survived in Clothiers’ pattern books, as small fabric swatches.


Speed dating with publishers & agents – part 1

August 19th, 2012

This was the first of two panel discussions where publishers were pitching to the conference about ‘why you should go on a date with me’.  Some got the concept better than others, but it was a lot of fun.

First panel consisted of:

  • Clare Foster – Curtis Brown Australia (agents)
  • Joel Naoum – Momentum
  • Larissa Edwards – Simon & Schuster
  • Haylee Kerans – Harlequin Australia
  • Anna Valdinger – Harper Collins / Avon


Plenary Session 3 – Harlequin: What we really do

August 19th, 2012

Has many lines

  • Harlequin
  • Mills & Boon – category romance
  • Harlequin Teen
  • Harlequin Mira – single title line
  • Harlequin Spice (erotic line – was digital, now going to print)

Mills & Boon – more than 50 originial and 10 reprint anthologies per month
Mira and Teen – more than 15 titles per month
Digital imprint – expands range to non romance titles:  sci fi, fantasy, mystery etc

More than 100 Aus & NZ authors

Conference Day Two

August 19th, 2012

8.45am  Welcome, Group Grants Award and Author  Cafe / Silent Auction information

9am – Harlequin Australia – What we really do.  Haylee Kerans

9.15am – Speed Dating with Aussie Publishers – Part I.  Panel Discussion

10am – Morning Tea

10.30am – Breakout Session Four – The Most Perfect Cloth Fabrics for Georgian and Regency Characters. Bronwyn Parry

12pm – Lunch

1pm – Breakout Session Five – Turn up the heat:  How to write steam sex scenes.  Nicole R. Murphy

2.10pm – Breakout Session Six – Dishing the Dirt – Erotic Romance.  Panel Discussion

3.10pm – Afternoon tea

3.40pm – Plenary Session – Speed Dating with Aussie Publishers Part II. Panel discussion

4.10pm – Silent Auction Results

4.15pm – Launch of Fremantle 2013

4.25pm – Conference close

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