Saturday 7th June is our professional development day for authors. There are several streams of activity happening on Saturday, with different activities happening on different forums.

You can still register to be completely up-to-date with everything that is going on. Register here.

Schedules for all streams can be found below.  Please note that all times are British Summer Time.

Stream one: Join us on Twitter

  • 2pm – YA #ScriptDoctor Hour
    Ask the editor about your manuscripts and get their tips
    Follow #ScriptDoctor to take part
    Emily Thomas (HotKey) & Anna Baggaley (Mira UK
  • 3pm – Digital #ScriptDoctor Hour
    Ask the editor about your manuscripts and get their tips
    Follow #ScriptDoctor to take part
    With Charlotte Ledger (HarperImpulse) & Lucy Gilmore  (Carina)
  • 4pm – Women’s fiction #ScriptDoctor
    Ask the editor about your manuscripts and get their tips
    Follow #ScriptDoctor to take part
    With Kimberley Young (HarperFiction) & Sally Williamson (MIRA)
  • 4pm – advice and tips for new authors
    Twitter Q&A with Orna Ross, author and founder of Alliance of Independent Authors. Mention @ornaross and use #Romance14 to ask her questions.
  • 5pm – Getting the best out of Goodreads
    Ami Greko, Book Marketing Strategist, Goodreads. Mention @ami_with_an_i and use #Romance14 to ask your questions.
  • 6pm – Tips on working with a literary agent
    Twitter Q&A with Carole Blake of Blake Friedmann. Mention @caroleagent and use #Romance14 to ask your questions.
  • 7pm – Tips on getting your book reviewed
    Twitter Q&A with Cathy Rentzenbrink (Director of Quick Reads, Associate Editor at The Bookseller and We Love this Book. Mention @CathyReadsBooks and use #Romance14 to ask your questions.

Stream two: Hangout on Google

  • 3pm – Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre in conversation
    Hear from two of the best-selling romance authors of all time. Ask them about their books and get tips and insight from them. Watch the hangout and take part in an interactive Q&A tune in here at 3pm
  • 7pm – A chat with Cindy Gallop, CEO of Make Love, Not Porn
    Cindy is a hugely successful business woman and has made it her mission to encourage more realistic representations of sex in the media. She has some very strong views and has asked that if you are offended by sexually explicit language do not attend this hangout. Take part in an interactive Q&A tune in here at 7pm

Stream three: Live discussion on Facebook

  • 2pm: Journeys to publication
    Anoushka and Fiounalla Kearney in conversation
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 2pm to take part in the live chat
  • 3pm: What makes a great cover? 
    Fixabook will offer tips and advice on effective cover design, visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 3pm to take part in the live chat
  • 4pm: Agent spotlight with Madeline Milburn
    Madeleine will be taking your questions live on the Facebook page at 4pm
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 3pm to take part in the live chat
  • 5pm: Find out about Kobo and Kobo Writing Life
    Kobo Q&A with Mark Lefebrve
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 5pm to take part in the live chat
  • 6pm: What I’ve learned in my first year being published
    All authors welcome to share their stories – Brigid Coady hosting
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 6pm to take part in the live chat
  • 6:30pm: Writing as a career
    Author and journalist Tess Stimson
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 6:30pm to take part in the live chat

Stream four: Industry blogs on WordPress

  • Throughout the day – tune in every 15 minutes from 2-8pm to hear get PR tips, learn how to use Pinterest, get writing tips, advice on using Wattpad, keeping up with the industry and lots more
    Visit the Romance Festival blog throughout the day to read them all

7 thoughts on “Saturday 7th June – Programme of Events

  1. Hi!
    I’m not on Twitter. I also do not have a Facebook account. If I hangout on google does it mean opening my email?

    You can see I am not conversant with IT. Would appreciate your guidance re hangout on google (stream 2).

    Zielfa

    • Hi Zielfa – if you click on the Google Hangouts link at the appropriate time, you should just see a YouTube video – hit play, and you can watch the video! Many will also have a Q&A element, so if you are logged in to a gmail account, you should also be able to ask questions.

  2. Just watched the 3pm conversation with Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre on google hangout. It was great! I liked their openness and willingness in sharing their experiences of being a writer and a business person at the same time for their books. Thank you for asking my question about self- publishing. It was wonderful to hear their suggestions. Many thanks for this experience. I learned many things in addition to pursuing foremost my love for writing. Congratulations for sponsoring and running this event.

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