The first online Romance festival seems to have been a great success over the weekend, taking place on Facebook, Twitter, Harlequin blog and Google hangouts. All the posts and interviews I managed to read or watch were so inspiring and there was ample opportunity to ask big-selling authors questions. I was still talking about some of the posts to my long-suffering husband on the Saturday evening!
If anyone wants to try and catch up with some of the highlights, here are a couple of the best places.
Video interview with two of the huge best-selling US romance authors, Bella Andre and Barbara Freethy - one of the most inspiring author chats I've ever heard, although it's quite long!
Lots of interviews and information on the Romance Festival Facebook page, including one about Kobo which now allows authors to put their work on Kobo themselves.
There was also a huge amount of interesting information for aspiring romance writers on their official blog but that seems to have hit a problem this morning and I can't find them now. Wish I'd copied some of the advice!
STOP PRESS - it's now up and running again here!
I still haven't heard official news about the short story. I also had a rather bizarre experience of being interviewed for a radio programme during the week - same day as announcement of the Baileys Women Prize for Fiction. All very off the cuff and unprepared - think it was a student radio programme but I haven't found out details as I don't want to hear it!