Romance Rocks Presents…


On Saturday 9th August on Track E, Session 2, Rowena Beresford steams up the competition with a view to what sells YA.

Is Steamy Romance the only YA that will sell?

With the increase in steamy YA and New Adult fiction, it is easy to think if you want to be a successful author you need to follow the same path. But there are viable alternatives. Discover the markets looking for something different, including their potential readership, how to access them, and what they are looking for in this discussion on young-adult and new-adult romance.

Your Presenter – Rowena BeresfordRowena Colour-4-cropped

Lifelong book addict and editor of Review Magazine.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?

My previous presentations include various writer’s conferences (usually on writing fiction for the education market), and at educational conferences on book selection for school libraries.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?

I was on a panel at the CYA conference last year, where we discussed ‘Is edgy the only option for YA authors’. We had so many participants we had to move to a larger room, so it was clear that this is a topic writers really want to know about.

What will participants take away from this session?

Participants will discover:
• Other than the teen readers themselves, who buys teen books, what motivates them and what they are looking for.
• Tips on creating great romance reads without sex.
• The power of emotional connection.
• What independent and private schools are looking for and their size as a potential market.
• Examples of romance titles that are engaging without being steamy.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

Yes, there will be examples from books that we have reviewed.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Those authors who want to write YA romance without the sex, who would like some tips on how to make their books engaging, and discover more about potential markets they could tap into.

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

Meeting new people and discussing one of my lifelong loves – books!


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