Guest Post: Marissa Cleveland Why I like writing conferences

Today, I’d like to welcome Marisa Cleveland, a fellow agency mate, as my guest blogger. Marissa has a new book out and has a delightful outlook on life! We are kindred spirits as neither of us likes to travel much. Yay for the homebodies! For information on buying her book, keep reading. Be advised, it may be a bit steamy for my readers. :)

Thanks, Jennifer! I’m so happy to be on your blog today, and I’m excited to share my top five faves of attending writing conferences.

As writers, we are a solitary bunch. If we use the traditional formula of 1K1Hr (one thousand words in one hour), and we write an eighty thousand word novel, we’ve spent a minimum of eighty hours with only the voices inside our heads. That’s not counting revisions, revisions, revisions, and edits and line edits and copy edits.

So here are my five favorite things about conferences:

5. Writing conferences force me to shove the neurotic little introvert aside and enjoy conversations with real people in real life.

4. The people at writing conferences understand the words coming out of my mouth. Most people at writing conferences are readers and writers, and discussing craft, career, research, and procrastination are common topics.

3. Workshops! I love the variety of workshops available, and the presenters are writers, agents, editors, or other industry professionals I’ve been interested in meeting.

2. Forced vacation. As a slight germaphobe, I’m not big on travel. Writing conferences help me to put aside my instinct to stay inside my house.

1. Hugs. This combines numbers 5 and 2. I get hugs from people I meet online and from other writers I’ve connected with throughout the years. I hug my agents, my friends, and my acquaintances. I don’t normally do this in everyday life. Hugging is a big deal for me, and it has caused some awkward moments, but writing conferences get a pass on my phobic tendencies, and I enjoy the feeling that I’m on the mother planet when I’m at a writing conference.

Those are my top five favorite things about writing conferences.

What conferences do you attend? What do you enjoy most about them?

My novel, Reforming the Cowboy, is a steamy adult contemporary romance novel. In celebration of my first category-length book releasing this month, I’m hosting a giveaway. Good luck!

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Bio: Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship. She loves to connect with other writers and readers through social media.

Reforming the Cowboy: A South Beach Book

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

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September 17, 2013  |  Romance, Uncategorized, Writing


  1. Agree about the germs and hugs. :D

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me! You have a lovely website, and I love all your pictures. :)

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