I’m pretty sure this will be the final part.
The luncheon speaker (after lunch - I had yummy chicken and dessert was chocolate mousse) was Maggie Crawford the Editorial Director at Pocket Books.
She was a great speaker and said something I’m thrilled about…
She had a true/false quiz prepared and the question was.
“You don’t have to have sex in your book to sell it.”
While people in the group tried to argue it was true, she said FALSE!!
She didn’t think that, even thought the market is cyclical, we’d ever really get back to the days where sweet romances rule the roost. She seemed to think that hot romances (maybe not super erotic, but still hot) are here to stay!!
Woo hooo for me and Passionate Ink, lol!!
She said some other things too, but well, I don’t remember, lol.
A few other representatives from other publishing houses spoke too.
Dorchester is looking for just about anything. If it doesn’t fit in anywhere else, send it to Dorchester.
Harlequin now accepts just about everything. They’re really excited about Nocturne. Next is going to start moving in a more romance-y direction.
Agent Meredith Bernstein is looking for good books!!
Pretty much everyone said to check their websites for more info.
After speakers there was a little bit more time to mingle (but not a ton). I very briefly met Angela James from Samhain.
Then I came home.
I didn’t pitch anything ’cause I didn’t have anything to pitch, but I think I learned a lot and didn’t make any enemies, which is a plus!
Thursday Thirteen tomorrow!!