I attended the Georgia Romance Writers Moonlight and Magnolia’s conference October 10-12 with Volusia County Romance Writers chapter mates and friends, Carla Mueller and Diane Burke. The very first night at the bar, I ordered the hotel restaurant’s signature drink called The Cherokee Rose. It would not be the last time….
The next morning, I was happy to find First Coast Romance Writers chapter mate, Marie Long at breakfast as well as new friend, Kim Castle. And then it was time for my pitch workshop hosted by Maggie Finalist, and ultimate Maggie winner, Jennifer Delemare. Did I luck out or what?
Immediately after, it was time to put my pitches to work. I met with literary agent, Nalini Akolekar, who requested partials of both my romantic suspense and paranormal work. Way to start the day. After many excellent workshops, I ventured off to my second agent meeting of the day. Stefanie Lieberman requested I send her a sample of my romantic suspense.
I finished out the day at Mambo Italiano joined by friends, Marie Long, Carla Mueller, Diane Burke, and Kim Castle. The servers wore T-shirts that said, “The taste that makes you want to mambo!” Much laughter and good food, combined with live music, sent me to bed happy.
The next day, I met with Sourcebooks editor, Mary Altman. I had so much fun pitching to her and she requested both manuscripts as well. Three appointments, five requests =Yay me! To celebrate, you guessed it, another Cherokee Rose. I think I deserved it.
I know the next question, what’s hot? At the agent/editor panel, I heard they are looking for M/M Military Romance, ménage, and Civil War Romance. Vampires are dead. LOL! Still open to werewolves, but paranormal is currently a soft sell. Sue Grimshaw predicted historicals are starting to make a comeback and will be hot again within the next two years. They are currently looking for Western historical, highlanders, and modern day cowboys.
The last day of the conference was all about writing love scenes your readers won’t skip. During Roni Loren’s workshop, we were asked to share the most memorable love scenes from books or movies. Pretty much any movie with Patrick Swayze qualified. Who can forget the scene from Ghost, making clay? And Dirty Dancing? Did someone turn on the heat? Thank God for that paddle fan included in the goodie bags. Whew!
We finished off the day with a trip to the local movie theater and Dracula Untold. Great job of mixing traditional mythology with actual history. I loved it and hope there will be a sequel. To top it all off, I came home to some unexpected news. After judging my contest entry, Cheryl Yeko of Soul Mate Publishing requested my full manuscript. I hit send on all my submissions this afternoon and now feel in need of a stiff drink! Oh Cherokee Rose, wherefore art thou?