Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sailing Away…Writer’s Conference at Sea by Kristin Wallace

Sunset in Cozumel, Mexico
If all goes as planned, I will actually be on a Fun in the Sun Cruise Conference today. (I scheduled my post so no I’m not actually coming to you from the ship.) Several years ago my local writers chapter, Florida Romance Writers, started hosting a writers’ conference at sea. We affectionately call it the Muse Cruise. This will be our third conference. We started it as a way to stand out from all the other chapter conferences. We’re sailing to Cozumel, Mexico. Along the way we’ll have workshops and panel discussions. Our Keynote Speaker is best selling historical romance author, Julia Quinn.
Bathtub pic at Three Amigos

The cruise conference is such a unique venue. Because we’re on a ship, we actually get to hang out with the editors and agents a lot more. So when you finally go to pitch to them it doesn’t seem so nerve-wracking. (Once you’ve seen an editor do karaoke the intimidation factor totally disappears, LOL.) In Cozumel, we have a tradition of going to a bar called The Three Amigos, themed after the movie with Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. They have gigantic margaritas and make cool balloon hats. They also have these fantastic old-fashioned bathtubs on the deck, and we always have a pic in the tub.

This conference is also a great way to recharge your batteries. Being around other writers for several days is totally invigorating. Unlike RWA Nationals, the pace is much more relaxing. Oh and then there is the Caribbean, the sun, the food, the karaoke bar, dancing…

Sorry…got distracted. Bye for now. I’ll let you know all about the conference for my next post on March 8.

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith. She is the author of the Covington Falls Chronicles, romances set in a fictional Southern town. Visit her website at Kristin Wallace Author