Saturday 7th February – Programme of Events #Romance15

Saturday 7th February is our professional development day for authors. There are several streams of activity happening and lots of incredibly useful blogs for authors on this Wordpress site.

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

(Sunday’s programme is here)

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

Stream one: Join us on Twitter #Romance15

  • 2pm – Twitter Q&A with Barbara Erskine
    Barbara’s editor Kimberley Young will interview her discussing her historical research into The Darkest Hour and about her inspiration, writing tips and more
  • 2.30pm – The secrets of Word-of-Mouth Marketing with Molly Flatt
    Ask Molly Flatt, word-of-mouth evangelist, how we can all have a 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon
  • 3.00pm – How to choose an agent that’s right for you
    Join authors Claudia Carroll, Kerry Fisher and Michele Gorman about their experiences of getting an agent
  • 3.30pm – #ScriptDoctor 
    Ask Harlequin’s editor Lucy Gilmour about your manuscripts and get writing tips & inspiration.
  • 4.00pm –  #AskAgent with Hellie Ogden
    Ask agent Hellie Ogden of Janklow & Nesbit about the best way to work with agents.
    Follow #AskAgent to take part
  • 4.30pm – #ScriptDoctor
    Ask Mills & Boon editor Anna Baggaley about your manuscripts and get writing tips & inspiration.
    Follow #ScriptDoctor to take part
  • 5pm – How to get a job publishing romance books
    Ask Stephanie from HarperCollins Human Resources department about the jobs across the industry and the skills needed @jobsatharper
  • 5.30pm – Tips on Amazon marketing & SEO with Chris McVeigh
    Marketing guru Chris McVeigh will answer ANY questions you have about book marketing, Amazon and pretty much anything else.
  • 6pm – Top tips for getting published
    Ask authors Kat French, Beth Thomas and Kerry Fisher about their experiences getting and being published.
  • 6.30pm – #ScriptDoctor
    Ask Mills & Boon editor Sally Williamson about your manuscripts and get writing tips & inspiration.
    Follow #ScriptDoctor to take part
  • 7.30pm – Have you got what it takes to be a Mills & Boon author?
    Join a Mills & Boon editor and author for a lively chat

Stream two: Hangout on Google

  • 6.30pm – Join Katy Regan & Cressida McLaughlin
    Hosted by their editor Kim Young here at 6.30 pm

Stream three: Live discussion on Facebook

  • 2pm: Book marketing & social media tips
    Join Sarah Perkins, Cait Davies and Sam Missingham, marketers from Mills & Boon and HarperCollins, and ask any questions you have about marketing and social media.
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 2pm to take part in the live chat
  • 2.30pm: How can authors work with bloggers 
    Join several book bloggers here and ask them for tips and advice. Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 2.30pm to take part in the live chat
  • 3.00pm: Fern Britton exclusive behind-the-scenes videos
  • 3.30pm: Aspiring authors, join Jill Mansell
    Have a question for best-selling author Jill Mansell? Find out her writing tips, what keeps her motivated and what inspires her.
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 3.30pm to take part in the live chat
  • 4.00pm: Writing support groups and friends
    A session discussing ways to support fellow writers. Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 4.00pm to take part in the live chat
  • 4.30pm: Tips on writing steamy scenes with Phillipa Ashley
    Avoid winning a bad sex award and get tips and ideas from Phillipa Ashley. Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 4.30pm to take part in the live chat
  • 5pm: How romance authors can use Goodreads
    Join author marketing coordinator Cynthia Shannon and ask her about using Goodreads to its full potential
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 5pm to take part in the live chat
  • 5.30pm: Historical chat
    Join Isabel Wolff and Lucy Foley to chat all things historical romance. Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 2.30pm to take part in the live chat
  • 6:00pm: Marketing and design tips and ideas
    Join Fixabook’s founder and marketing consultant Kat Roden and ask her anything about design and marketing
    Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 6:00pm to take part in the live chat
  • 6.30pm: Tips on using Pinterest
    Join The Literary Shed to find out how to get the most out of Pinterest. Visit the Romance Festival Facebook page at 6.30pm to take part in the live chat
  • 7.00pm: Challenges facing aspiring authors
    Join Rae Rivers and Romy Summer on the Romance Festival Facebook page for insight and advice.

Stream four: Industry blogs on WordPress

  • Throughout the day we will be posting blogs to give you PR tips, writing advice and lots of inspiration
    Visit the Romance Festival blog throughout the day to read them all!

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