This year the RWA 2018 National Conference was in Denver. I took the train from Rochester, with a layover in Chicago. Traveling alone is much different when I have a lot to carry on. In Chicago I upgraded to sleeping car and loved the experience. I’ll write about that later.
Arriving in Denver on Monday, I used the extra day to recoup from traveling and getting rested before the conference began. Tuesday was the conference for my online chapter, Kiss of Death (KOD). I found out last year they held their conference the day before the National conference opened. This was the best discovery I’ve made in a long time.
Before the meeting started, I met Sharee Stover and Tina Radcliffe who write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. Sharee’s first Love Inspired Suspense was published in July. As we talked, I learned more about writing suspense and what not to include. My current mss has some fun stuff in it and it was recommended I take it out.
Before the first conference speaker began her talk, I sat down and totally reworked my story. The feeling of excitement rushed through me. My muse sat up and took notice. She wanted me to leave and start writing. It was hard, but I turned her off so I could concentrate on the different speakers from the DEA. So much information which could be relevant to my stories was learned.
Once the National conference started I was able to talk with two of my favorite people, Robin Covington and Tara Taylor Quinn. The only downside was I committed to finish the mss by September 1, 2018. I was really worried I wouldn’t make it, but it looks like the end is attainable.
The mss is printed and ready for me to go over it with my red pen. This is my first time really doing the edits the right way, myself. After a read-thru with the red pen, I’ll make the corrections on the computer hopefully with new information. Then I’ll print it out again and edit is another time.
Once the second round of corrections is made, I’ll send it to a beta reader for another go-thru. I have the whole month of August to do this. For the first time ever, I’m feeling positive about where my writing is going. My initiation to publishing was probably a bit premature. This time I think I’m making the right decisions and taking the correct steps to create a great book.