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I am a member of the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA). Every year they hold a conference. This year it was in Fremantle, Western Australia. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford to attend. However, they have an online conference called The Claytons, which is specifically for those who have been unable to attend  the real thing.

I have been a member of RWA for just over a year and this is the first time I took part in it. Last year I was still new to RWA and didn’t know about it. This year I decided to do it because it sounded like fun. Let me tell you, it was an amazing experience.

We all logged into a chat room and over a day and a bit, we got to ‘listen’ and chat to other authors and editors. They provided some very useful information for published and unpublished writers. It was a truly wonderful experience. The highlight for me was being able to talk to editors from some very well known romance publishers.

Today, the final day of the conference, we ‘listened’ to Charlotte Ledger of Harper Impulse. For me, this was the highlight of the conference. She answered all the questions we had and explained, in detail, the process Harper Impulse has for aspiring authors. Let’s just say after her session, I am determined to submit my manuscript.

I would love to submit it now but I must be patient. Whilst my manuscript is complete, it is still being critiqued. Until it has been fully critiqued, I will not submit it. It will mean I won’t be able to submit for a few months but that’s the way it goes. I need my manuscript as polished as possible to make a good first impression.

My aim is to submit early next year.

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