The eerie sound of didgeridoos fill the air, wild animals linger on the horizon, the screech of native birds sound overhead. A tall, impossibly handsome man is making his way towards you…
We’ve all had that dream, right? While the attendance of Hugh is unlikely, the guest line up for the Brisbane 2017 Love Gone Wild Conference is sure to set your heart pounding and have you swinging into action to attend.
|Bestselling Australian author Kate Forsyth will be one of our special guests. Published in 17 countries, with nearly 40 novels to her name, Kate is consistently voted as one of Australia’s favourite 15 novelists and called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’. She has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide and is also an Ambassador of The Pyjama Foundation and Room to Read. With a Doctorate in Fairy Tale Studies, a BA in Literature, and an MA in Creative Writing, Kate brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the conference and her full day workshop on Friday is tailor-made for emerging and published authors and promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience.|
|Anne Gracie is an award-winning author of nineteen novels, published with Berkley, USA (part of the Random/Penguin group), Penguin Australia and Harlequin International. She’s a nationally best-selling author in the USA and her Regency-era historical romances have been translated into more than eighteen languages, including Japanese manga editions (which she thinks is very cool). A lifelong advocate of universal literacy, Anne also writes books for adults just learning to read.|
|Marion Lennox, will be a highlight keynote speaker. She has written 113 romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her books have been published in 28 languages and sell in over 130 countries, including Japanese Manga. With a multitude of professional accolades to her name, Marion is a three times Ruby winner, has had 23 nominations for Australian Book of the Year, 12 nominations for RITA – winning twice, and has been awarded the US Romantic Times Career Achievement for ‘a body of work which makes us laugh and teaches us about love’. Her contribution to our conference will be significant and rewarding. With her wealth of knowledge, Marion’s journey through the publishing wilderness is not to be missed.|
|Carrie Feron, Executive Editor, Senior Vice President from William Morrow/Avon. Carrie has spent her entire career editing women’s voices: from crime to psychological suspense, historical fiction to commercial fiction. Among the authors she has worked on for Morrow are New York Times bestselling authors Meg Cabot, Deborah Crombie, Dorothea Benton Frank, Faye Kellerman, Laura Lippman, Elizabeth Lowell and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She has been at Morrow for over twenty years, where her paperback authors include Emily Arsenault, Sara Gruen, Kerry Reichs, Liza Palmer, Jane O’Connor, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James. Recent recipient of the 2016 RWA (America) Vivian Stephens Industry Award Recipient, Carrie will have you flocking to see her.|
|In a final bit of excitement, agent Cassie Hanjian from US literary agency Waxman Leavell, has approached RWAus specifically to attend our conference event. Waxman Leavell, with offices in both New York and Los Angeles, represent dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Christina Lauren, Jessica Sims, Manda Collins, and our very own, Vanessa Carnevale. Cassie believes wholeheartedly in developing strategies that favour long-term sustainability over pushing for the short sale. Her agency is hungry for Australian romance authors and is seeking fresh talent to take into the US market.|
With a herd of industry talent, the cluster of knowledge and the promise of exciting professional development opportunities we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event. The Love Gone Wild conference will be held in Brisbane from 11-13 August 2017 at the Pullman King George Square Hotel, right in the heart of the city. Accommodation bookings are open and already filling fast. Click here for accommodation details.
Spread your wings, find your tribe, plant a few seeds, and get ready for a WILD ride.