Ahhh. Romance! Where better to get in the mood as a writer than at a convention? Last weekend several friends attended the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Melbourne and over the past few days some Ellora's Cave writers have been filled in on all the cool details.
Apparently the event was well attended and there was a line that stretched forever to grab up all the great stuff available in the Goody Room. I sent a few things to the convention and I'm hoping they lead to hits to my website and maybe some sales. I always wonder how our stuff sells in other countries, don't you? From what I gather Aussie readers are big fans and are very progressive in their attitudes toward e-books. As a writer for Ellora's Cave, it's, of course, great news.
Buying things, especially books on the internet, is convenient for the romance readers Down Under. I even learned some of their bookstores will soon be selling ebook readers. I don't live in a big city by any stretch of the imagination but even my local bookstore is selling the Sony reader these days. So I just have a feeling that as the quality of devices improves and the prices begin to go down, we'll start seeing an upsurge in sales.
Other bits and pieces that I picked up from attendees? They loooooove a Happy Ever After ending. A happy for now? Not so much. Some even remarked they tended to avoid movies with tragic endings. I have to admit to being a devotee of the HEA and I ruthlessly look at the back pages of every book just to make sure I'm not wasting my money. I want the fantasy and the good feelings that a HEA brings, Call me a sap but that's just the way I am. Apparently, I'm not alone in this.
Favorite genres? Aussie readers are like Americans in their love of all things paranormal. No big surprise. Looks like paranormal is here to stay and not just a trend that will fade away. That's a relief for those of us who write vamps, shifters, and other otherworldly creatures. One big surprise for me was to hear that historicals are bigger and better than ever in OZ. I began my writing career writing regency and it is wonderful to know they are still a hot item.
I'd begun to think I might not write many more historicals because they are so much more time consuming to put together but now I'm rethinking that decision.
What is some of the best information you've gotten at a convention? Readers and writers glommed up together at events, panels, and discussions can really provide lots of little tidbits that can be useful when coming up with ideas for future books. This year, I'll be attending the Ellora's Cave Romanticon and I'm really looking forward to meeting writer friends, my editor, and readers. Do you have convention plans this year?