Thursday, 12 July 2012


I’m off to the Romantic Novelist’s Association Conference in Penrith Cumbria this weekend and I’m very excited about it. There is nothing quite like spending a whole weekend – from Friday to Sunday - in the company of other writers talking non-stop about books, novels, writing and publishing.
If you think that perhaps a get together of Romantic Novelist’s will be sedate affair with lots of pink feather bowers on stiff shoulders and cups of tea balanced on 50 denier covered knees - then think again. These girls (and some men) certainly know how to party. I do remember at one RNA conference I attended that the bar ran out of booze within the first hour. From the shock on the bar staff’s faces I’m confident that’s never going to happen again!

There’s a full programme of events, talks and workshops to attend. There will be lots of Literary Agents and Editors to talk to as well as friends I haven’t seen for ages and those who up to now I’ve only chatted with online. The highlight of the whole conference though will be the Gala Dinner on Saturday night. I really must remember to take lots of photographs - oh - and to be on my best behaviour of course!

If you’d like to follow the event on Twitter – the hashtag is #rnaconf12

I’ll be back here on Monday, as I’m hosting my lovely friend and fellow author Stephanie Keyes in a special blog spot to celebrate the cover reveal of her debut novel The Star Child. PLUS there will be a fabulous giveaway hosted by her publishers Ink Spell Publishing.


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Really looking forward to it all, Janice - and to catching up with you!

Old Kitty said...

Sedate affair? Jamais!! I expect champagne, truffles of the chocolate kind and lots and lots of wonderful vibrant ever so romantic writers getting down and dirty and gorgeous! Ahem!! I look forward to the pics! Enjoy!! Take care

Janice said...

See you there, Rosemary!

Kitty, it sounds to me like you should be joining us!!

Janice xx

Jean Bull said...

Really looking forward to it, Janice!!

Linn B Halton and Lucy Coleman said...

Ooh ... envious! Sounds like a 'wish I was there' moment. Have a fabulous time Janice - a glass of bubbly or two wouldn't be amiss... Lx

Janice said...

See you there, Jean!

Wish you were coming too, Linn!

Janice xx

myraduffy said...

Sorry I won't be joining you all, but I look forward to hearing the gossip ...and seeing the uncensored photos!

Melanie said...

It sounds like a fab weekend! Much like what the RWA does in the US. I've never made it to one of the national conferences but girls from my chapter have and they've had a blast.

Have a wonderful time, Janice! Looking forward to hearing all about it... and seeing the "uncensored" photos.