by Jennifer St George
The last two weeks have been huge for me. I was part of the team (the Communication Manager) that put on the Byron Bay Writers Festival, 1-3 August. It was the most successful Festival in the event’s 18-year history. Ticket sales were up 20% on last year as were sales from the onsite bookshop. I’d spent the preceding six months talking to journalists from all forms of media about the event and the resulting coverage has been fantastic.
|Jennifer St George and Amy Andrews signing books|
at the Byron Bay Writes Festival
The Festival was also my first foray into being a Festival participant. Fellow LoveCat Amy Andrews and I featured on the panel, Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance chaired by the hilarious Mandy Nolan. As we were scheduled at the same time as Jeanette Winterson OBE, I was worried about audience numbers, but by the end of the session our marquee was almost full.
The panel was fantastic fun and we tackled a number of the myths about romance writing and generally had a fabulous time.
So I wrapped up that Festival and spent the next two days preparing for the Romance Writers of Australia conference, Romance Rocks being held in Sydney. I ran two workshops with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and romantic suspense author, Helene Young; participated in a debate at the Literacy High Tea; was an interviewee on a panel about début authors and had fun with my fellow LoveCats in a session on writing category romance.
|Michelle Douglas, Rachel Bailey, Jennifer|
St George and Annie West at RWA
The debate was brilliant. The topic was Alpha Heroes are Better than Beta Heroes. I was on the affirmative team with Cherry Adair and Christina Brooke. The opposing team consisted of Amy Andrews, Sarah Wendell and Anne Gracie. Yes, quite formidable opponents. Our team sang, knitted, role played and argued with passion. But sadly, we lost.
The Australian Romance Readers Association held an amazing book signing event. It was lovely to meet readers and sign a few books.
Amidst the mayhem of the leather and lace cocktail party, the Gala Dinner and catching up with friends, I attended lots of highly informative workshops and will focus on bringing those lessons learned to my current manuscript.
I arrived home last night inspired and invigorated and exhausted. It's such an incredible privilege to have been immersed in literature and books for the past two weeks. Books! How could you live without them?
I’d love to hear about an event you’ve attended recently that inspired you.
Jennifer St George's sexy stories feature courageous, career-minded heroines, strong heroes in glamorous international settings. The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love is available now at Amazon, iTunes, Destiny Romance and Google.