Today I went to a workshop in Columbus featuring author Jane Porter. She's written a number of books including Flirting with Forty which was made into a television movie by Sony and aired on Lifetime in 2008. Filmed in Seattle and Hawaii Jane visited the set and spoke to the stars, Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley. Wow!
I'm excited to read the book, Flirting. Everyone was given a free copy, a nice canvas red tote that says READ on it plus pens, bookmarks, a mini note pad. Great giveaways.
The best part of the workshop was listening to Jane. She's a powerful speaker, she says because she once taught seventh graders and she may be right. However, my opinion is she is such an interesting personality we all held onto each word she said.
Some of what she said, I already knew. It never hurts to hear something twice, especially writing advice. And twice again after that. Eventually it sinks in.
Her topics included voice and market advice. Writing smart, writing well and writing to sell.
She covered tight dialogue. This was meaningful to me as I believe I can tighten my dialogue and get rid of some he said, she saids.
We discussed selling to Hollywood, mostly she shared that once you sell, they do what they want with your book. The matter is mostly out of your hands. But the nice check is all yours.
She talked about how emotion powers up our stories. I agree totally. If a book can make me laugh or cry, I'm in.
Jane writes mainstream as well as short contemporary. I write mainstream and could never write short contemporary, the way I feel right now.
For me it was a delightful day that started with a pajama party the night before with good friend Sherry. We stayed up late, talked writing, giggled, ate and drank and played on the computer. Then we did it all over again.
It was a gift I gave myself. A gift I enjoyed from the moment it started and will continue to enjoy over the coming months as I work on my own stories.
Just to let you know, I'll be back soon with more information on my own publishing endeavors as I go about getting my book Vada Faith on Kindle at Amazon.
Please stay tuned! God bless.