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I went to the Jubilee Jambalaya Writer’s Conference yesterday and it was wonderful. The sessions and speakers were fun and informative and I learned a lot. Cherry Adair shared some of her secrets (but we were sworn to secrecy so I can’t share that) and she issued a challenge to those in her class; start and finish a novel between now and the next Jubilee Jambalaya. I need a kick in the butt to get me going so this will work LOL. Of course I need to finish my 1st WIP before I can do this one so here’s to getting busy.

Got to meet with Dawn Chartier and Traci Hall and talk about e-books and e-book publishing. These ladies were very knowledgeable and those of us in their session enjoyed a fun chat with them.

Harley Jane Krozak was the keynote speaker and she gave a great speech with wonderful quotes and helpful insights into writing and how to write “Through the Tough Times”.

I didn’t get to sit in on Heather Graham or Diana Rowland’s sessions but I heard they were awesome. There was also a book signing where I got to meet some of the other authors and see some of my friends signing books and cover cards. One day I hope to be sitting next to them.

There was a 1st page critique for those who wanted to enter. The feedback from 2 agents, an editor, a prolilfic writer, and a book seller/avid reader was great. I received great comments which will be incorporated into my story and it also gave my insight into what they look for in manuscripts.

Then we had a very nice sunset social after where we got to meet and mingle with the authors, agents and editors that were there. Over all a wonderful, intimate conference.

I definitely recommend going to conferences if you can. No matter how big or small they are, you will always learn something that will help you improve your craft.

C’est tout!
Devon

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