Tomorrow, my local chapter, Chesapeake Romance Writers, will be holding their bi-annual writer’s conference, this year titled Pages to Publication and I have a big update for you.
We will have two additional editors taking pitches!
Bethany has been writing professionally since the mid 1980s. In the early 1990s, bothered by the what she perceived as an increasing trend towards “politically correct romance,” Bethany began self-publishing her spicy romances and sending her xeroxed books out through snail mail. With the dawn of the Internet in the late ’90s, Bethany was freed (at last!) from all those tiresome late night trips to the 24-hour Kinkos and from standing in line at the post office. She launched her first website on a September day in 1998, went out for dinner, and came home to find that sixteen people had bought one of her books. She never knew how they found her, but she’s never looked back.
She started what is recognized as the first the first major pay fiction site on the Internet for women in 1999, and began publishing actual E-books in 2001, the first publisher anywhere to do so. Blushing Books has grown into a company representing more than 200 authors, publishing 25-30 books per month. We currently dominate lists in Western Erotic Romance and Victorian Erotic Romance on Amazon.
Allison’s work with Lazy Day started with her love of reading inspirational and Christian romances. Working first as Bethany Burke’s personal assistant, when Blushing Books’ parent company bought Lazy Day, a publisher of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, Allison worked with Bethany to recast Lazy Day as a publisher exclusively interested in inspirational and young adult titles. She lives in Farmville Virginia, with her husband and three children. Lazy Day is currently actively working with about 50 authors, and publishes 1-2 books a week.
Pages to Publication will be held on March 14, 2015 at the Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg, VA. The conference welcomes everyone with a desire to write or to know more about writing, and not just romance. The workshops are geared toward writers in all genres, not only romance and its subgenres.
Our speakers are romance writers Mary Behr, and Meredith Bond. Mary Behr is an award-winning author of paranormal romantic suspense novels set in the Tidewater area. Her workshop is entitled, “Writing Contests: How to get the Most Bang for Your Buck.” Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and self-published historical paranormal romances. Her workshop is titled, “Jumping into Self-Publishing.”
We will also have three fantastic editors taking pitches at the conference: Valerie Mann and Dominique Eastwick of Decadent Publishing, and Frances Sevilla of The Wild Rose Press. Registrants may sign up for time slots on a first-come basis. All three editors acquire romance novels in all sub-genres and Dominique Eastwick is an acquiring editor in non-romance genres as well.
Other conference events include the presentation of the Rudy awards to Winners of the “Finish the Damn Book,” Contest, a 20-line critique session with the editors, a local author book signing, swag table, and gift basket raffles.
Registration is $40.00 in advance or at the door for this full day of workshops.
For more information and to register, please visit the Chesapeake Romance Writers website here.
If you are in the DC, North Carolina, or Central Virginia area, you should treat yourself to this fun packed, highly informative conference for writers of all genres.