Saturday was even more jam-packed than Friday. I worked the early shift at the raffle table again, then attended workshops every hour. First, there was Death and Taxes: Essentials of Federal Tax Reporting and Audit Survival with Diane Kelly and Becke Turner. Diane's book Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure comes out in November; I am really looking forward to that one! Next, I heard Megan Kelly's workshop Contest Slut to Published Author. My first contest experience didn't go so well, but if I heed Megan's advice, I can use contests to improve my writing and eventually sell my book - and develop thicker skin. After all, even J.K. Rowling gets negative reviews from time to time!
|Pam Asberry and Megan Kelly|
Then Wendy Wax gave a great workshop entitled Whose Story Is It Anyway? Writing Multiple Characters and Multiple POV's. Wendy is another of my favorite authors, and does a great job of weaving multiple points of view into her stories. As she explained, not only does this make it easier to expand subplots, it also creates more opportunities for the reader to identify with a character. I never thought about it that way before. She shared numerous examples from her own writing; as a result, I have a better understanding about how to do this in my own work.
|Pam Asberry and Wendy Wax|
Then it was time for the book signing! I bought books by all the published authors whose workshops I attended and collected autographs them as well as from Annie Rayburn, Emery Lee, and Haywood Smith, AND I got an advanced reader copy of The Doctor's Mission signed by Debbie Kaufman. Lucky me!
|Debbie Kaufman and Pam Asberry|
After a short nap, a quick shower, and a change of clothes, it was time for the Maggie Banquet and Awards Ceremony. My pal Bryonna Nobles-Stern posted a list of winners HERE. I was proud to see many of my fellow Georgia Romance Writers walk up on stage to collect their well-deserved prizes.
|Bryonna Nobles-Stern, Pam Asberry, Lindy Chaffin Start|
At the conclusion of the ceremony, DJ Silver Knight took center stage and we danced the night away.
|I wanted to take the DJ home with me but my friends said no.|
Weekends don't get much better than this. But now it's back to reality, and beginning the hard work of assimilating all this information and using it on a daily basis. After a several-week break from fiction writing, I am ready. Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2011 Moonlight and Magnolias Conference an overwhelmingly positive experience. I'm already counting the days until next year!