Stimulate Your Senses

This weekend, I attended the New Jersey Romance Writers annual Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. This is one of my favorite regional conferences and not just because NJRW is my home chapter. It’s well-attended and well-stocked with great speakers and topics; well-stocked at the bar too (though never with enough bartenders, unfortunately.) I get away from life for a little while and get to talk about romance novels and the romance publishing industry and hot bad ass men, sexy, snarky, bad ass women (though that might just be me) , and all the lovely stories we love to create around them. The conference always stimulates me as the conversations and instruction renew my love for writing, restore confidence in myself, and infuse my (constantly fluctuating) motivation with new energy and purpose.

This year was a little different as I served as assistant chair of editor/agent appointments and thus was unable to attend many workshops. In fact, I wasn’t able to do much of anything outside of those responsibilities, including drum up a sufficiently tantalizing and intellectually stimulating post for today.

I feel bad about that. I really do. You choose to visit with us here LadySmut and you should have some kind of takeaway when you do so, something that stimulates enough to propel you through the week.

Far be it for me to let you down.

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  • Elizabeth Shore
    October 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Nothing wrong with a wet, ripped guy. Just sayin’. 🙂

  • Madeline Iva
    October 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    But the editor/agent panels are so interesting! Last year it was all about erotic romance, it seemed. Angela James had this enthusiastic moment describing a book in which the uber-sexy scene was just sensuous mutual hand washing…

    Were there any take-away gems that editors or agents offered up to the audience? I always love what Louise Fury has to say–she’s super-positive about the changes going on in publishing.

  • LizEverly
    October 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you…Grin.

  • Kiersten Hallie Krum
    October 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    The prevailing impression I got from the editor/agent panels was the need to absolutely, 100% follow their submission guidelines (especially including the correct spelling of their names). There was a collective sense of exasperation about this as it is clearly stated everywhere and yet so often ignored by writers. Many are looking for erotica, especially novellas, and romantic suspense was mentioned a lot throughout the weekend, which naturally makes me very happy.

    Louise Fury wasn’t there this year and neither was Angela James though both Ravenous Romance and Carina Press were represented.

    • LizEverly
      October 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

      All good to know! Thanks, Kiersten.


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