Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…



An event with a difference on Track D, Session 2, Saturday 9th August when the LoveCats DownUnder get together for a workshop that tells you everything you need to know about writing category romance.

Everything you ever wanted to know about writing Category Romance but were afraid to ask

Sue Mackay says participants in this workshop will leave with a genuine insight into what an author can expect after that first sale. They will tell you about your many obligations to editors, agents, and readers. They’ll answer questions on the highs and the lows of being published, and how that just because you’ve sold your first book the hard work doesn’t stop so that you’re well prepared for life after that first sale.

Your PresentersCatsSydneyPanel

We’re fourteen Aussie and NZ romance authors who blog together.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Annie West: Any member who has ever wondered what category romance is, how it’s defined (and how that’s changing), how it’s written, who reads it and what you can expect as either a category romance reader or author, especially with the changing face of publishing. Members considering writing category will find this useful, as will those curious about the processes of working with some of the best known publishers in the romance industry.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

Helen Lacey: One of the best things about the conference is the networking. With so many authors, agents, editors and industry professionals merging together it’s a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, to connect with people you may only know in cyberspace, and mostly to absorb information about writing and publishing.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?

Jennifer St George: I’m very much looking forward to attending workshops held by James Scott Bell. I hope to hear his insights on plot and structure and his views on how to achieve your writing goals. I’d also be interested in his approach to revisions and edits. And of course I can’t wait to catch up with all my RWA friends.

Any advice for conference first-timers?

Michelle Douglas: Don’t be shy. The very best part of the conference is meeting up with like-minded people. You will make lifetime friends here. Promise. So don’t be a wallflower. If you find yourself standing in line next to someone you don’t know (waiting for a workshop session, at the bookstall, queuing for lunch or just at the toilets) strike up a conversation. There are two foolproof questions that are conversation starters at the conference: What kind of stories do you write? and, Who are you favourite authors?

Also, if you find yourself starting to flag then take a half-hour timeout. At certain times during the weekend I do find the noise can start to get to me. A quiet cuppa in my room or a brisk walk always help to reinvigorate me.

Most importantly–have fun!

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Louisa George: For more information on all the Lovecats’ new releases please visit us at our blog:

Once there you’ll find lots of information about us and all our books. We usually have three new blog posts a week plus a weekly Sunday smooch with an excerpt from one of our (or a guest’s) new releases. We also often have giveaways! If there is one particular LoveCat or book that you want to find out more about, there are links to all our individual websites on our blog sidebar. We’d love to see you there, so do come over for a visit.



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