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What a conference can REALLY teach you

I recently attended the New Jersey Romance Conference and took a master class with Margie Lawson. Who, you ask? Well, if you don’t now who she is, you really are missing out.  Margie Lawson is a woman who wears many metaphorical hats. She’s a psychotherapist, an editor, and  a very smart, savvy woman, just to mention three. The master class I took was all about Empowering Character Emotion and it was the best 3 hours and the wisest money I ever spent on a day course.

Seriously.

In fact, I learned so much in that short 3 hours, I knew there had to be more to learn, and boy was there! When I clicked on her site I found she has on line instruction classes and packets and I purchased two right at the conference. I’ve been editing away ever since in my current contracted novel. You can see the efforts in the picture I’ve included. Now, Margie’s stuff is proprietary so I’m not going to tell you what she suggests doing, but I highly recommend you go to her site and click around.

I can say with all honesty my writing and editing skills have improved significantly since I started following her suggestions. She helps you hone in on places where you can add punch to character emotions and scenes where you can dial up the conflict from easy to complex with just a rephrasing of a few words, or the addition of a power word or two. She helps you see where you may have too much of one thing – like exposition, which makes readers skim the page – and not enough of another – like conflict, and we all know romance writers need conflict between their characters.

If you are determined to get that first book published or if you are a multi-published author already, Margie can literally take your writing skills to the next level and maybe even 3 or 4 more beyond that.

Just saying.

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Tech”NO” savvy!

I’ve never kept it a secret I am technically backward. I truly believe I am not made to live in the digital age. I don’t find  technology  intuitive, user-easy, or even logical. Plus, I’m a kinesthetic learner, so I need to do something innumerable times before I understand it and can be left on my own without the fear of wiping an entire hard drive clean, or blowing up a PC or emptying a bookmarked library.

This brings me to my newest need-to-learn item. I’ve already suffered through learning how to program an Ipod, Ipad, Smart phone (ever wonder why they are called that? Because they are waaaaaaay smarter than me!), and my MAC laptop. And by suffered I mean it in the literal-ist sense of the word. It seems whenever I actually master a device, it becomes obsolete and I need to upgrade and shatter the learning curve again.

But I digress…I was talking about my newest techno-need.

At my book signing last weekend, I accepted cash or check for payment. A few lovely people wanted to know if I accepted credit cards. Good Lord, how could I, I thought? I’m not a business, not in retail or sales. Well, yes, apparently  I am. So, how does one who does not own a store or a  credit card machine accept credit cards you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Square.

That’s right, you heard me. SQUARE. S-Q-U-A-R-E. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either until last weekend and today I bought one. Square is this little teeny device that looks like…well… a square,  like this:square

See? It’s shaped like a square. It attaches to your smart phone ( told you they were!) like this:

Square-Registerand you can do credit card transactions with a swish.

Now, there was an app I had to download onto my phone ( a friggin’ nightmare, but I did it!) and then a series of commands you had to follow to attach your “sales” to an actual money account ( another friggin’ nightmare!) but I did it and when the app did a test transaction, everything seemed to go okay. The whole process took me waaaaaaay longer than it would have taken someone from the age of birth to 35, but the end result was I DID IT and now when I go to my next book signing at the NJRWA conference this month, I can actually offer a credit card transaction to anyone who ( please, GOD!) wants to buy one of my books.

And just when I think I’ve got a handle on this, I heard the other day on the news  there is a new Iphone out. ***** le sigh****

Listen, support an author through the normal channels: Amazon or directly from The Wild Rose Press! My newest book FIRST IMPRESSIONS is out and here are the official buy links. Use them….you’ll be happier and I’ll be…well, less techno challenged.

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