Write From the Heart Conference – Central Ohio Fiction Writers

Barbara Vey -- October 12th, 2010


Write From the Heart

Beyond Her Book Cub Reporter joysann, here, excited to tell about the terrific conference that the Central Ohio Fiction Writers, a Chapter of RWA, hosted the first weekend in October in Columbus, Ohio. This highly successful event brought writers from all over the surrounding states for an opportunity to meet with editors and agents, pick up sensational tips for writing successful novels, and get inspired by special guest, best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann. And raffle prizes were everywhere, proceeds of which were donated to the financially hard hit public libraries in central Ohio.


Suzanne Brockmann and fan Felicia Browell

After Friday evening’s dinner, Suzanne Brockmann gave the first of the workshops, “The Whole Enchilada”. Intrepid BHB Blurber extraordinaire Kym , who also attended the conference, writes: When an author like Suzanne Brockmann offers “the whole enchilada,” you grab on with both hands and attempt to digest every bite. Wrapped in a shell of good humor and spiced with anecdotes from the author’s own experience, the meal proved to be a filling one. Despite nursing a painful foot injury, Ms. Brockmann graciously shared her tips for writing more efficiently, developing a believable romantic hero, and crafting a page turner. “There’s no right way or wrong way to work. There’s only your way.” – Suzanne Brockmann


Saturday morning got off to a hope-filled start with a panel of the guest editors and agents answering questions before the whole day of pitches began, and there were a lot of aspiring authors hanging on their every word. Leis Pederson, Berkley; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Charles Griemsman, Silhouette; and Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency all had appointments throughout the day.


I hate having to choose between so many interesting sounding workshops when one can’t attend them all. I’m interested in finding information on the authors I read, so I attended Susan Crandall’s “Internet Marketing Strategies That Work”. Susan and her personal internet guru, her son Reid, gave excellent tips on utilizing the popular networking and blogging sites and search engines to get name recognition and establish consistent interaction with readers.

Author Virginia Kantra and joysann

Author Virginia Kantra and joysann

Virginia Kantra presented “Developing the Romance in YourRomance Novel”.  Blurber Kym, an aspiring author herself, reports: In one brief hour, author Virginia Kantra somehow managed to walk us through seven phases of romance. Beginning with physical attraction, and ending with “the payoff,” she shared an overview of each step along the way.


Erin McCarthy and Rhonda Stapleton

“Breaking into the YA Market”, a subject I know nothing about, was entertainingly presented by authors Erin McCarthy and Rhonda Stapleton. Between being mothers of teens, and being young at heart themselves, they know whereof they speak, and gave good do’s and don’ts pointers for engaging today’s young readers.


I sadly missed workshops presented by best-selling medical thriller author CJ Lyons, romantic suspense writer Karen Harper, and Silhouette editor Charles Griemsman, and I wish I could have figured out how to get to them all.


COFW took a few minutes at the lunch to have popular romance author Lori Foster present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Linda Keller of the West Chester (OH) Barnes and Noble for her many years of outstanding support of the Romance genre and its authors.


So, thank you, COFW for the fun and interesting event, the chance to do my fan-girl act with the fabulous authors, and for the raffle basket stuffed with paranormal books – yes, I won!

Bottom Line: Due to technical difficulties, part 3 of the Stan Lee interview will not be available until tomorrow.

42 thoughts on “Write From the Heart Conference – Central Ohio Fiction Writers

  1. Dianna Love

    Wonderful cub reporting on the COFW event, Joysann. Suz Brockmann has been a favorite of mine for many years. Wish I could have been there for her talk and to attend what sounds like a super conference.

  2. Patricia Sargeant


    Thanks so much for attending the Central Ohio Fiction Writers 2010 conference and for writing such a wonderful, enthusiastic, detailed recap. I really enjoyed reading your post. I’m so glad I also had the opportunity to attend the conference. I had a great time! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to chat with you.

    All the best!


  3. Carol Ann Erhardt

    We were so thrilled that you attended our Central Ohio Fiction Writers 2010 Conference. Thank you for posting your experiences and the pics! It was such a busy event that I didn’t have time to chat with everyone I would have liked to, including you. Hope to see you again soon.

    Carol Ann

  4. Donna MacMeans

    Joysann – It was great to see you at the COFW conference. It was a great one, wasn’t it? Suzanne Brockmann was an amazing speaker and she was so generous with her time and experience. The agent and editor panel was particularly informative and the workshops educational and the never-ending raffle baskets – incredible. I won one full of humorous historical romance novels – exactly my cup of tea. This one will be hard to top.

  5. Marcia James

    Joysann — It was great having you at the conference! I think it was one of our best ever! And I appreciate your wonderful wrap-up blog post.

    Our next conference (Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2011) will have Brenda Novak as our keynote speaker. I hope you’ll be able to make it!
    – Marcia James ;-)

  6. Becky Barker

    Hi Joysann! So glad you enjoyed our conference. COFW is an awesome group and our guests were all talented professionals. As you mentioned, it’s hard to take in all the great info, but you did a great job of reporting. Hope you’ll continue to attend in future:-)

    Becky Barker
    (founding member, COFW;-)

  7. Keri Stevens

    This was my favorite conference this year. It was info-packed and well-organized. I attended the same workshops you did, and I’m still digesting pages of great notes. COFW should be proud of every minute!

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