Author Donna Hill gave a wonderful workshop of how to keep writing with a busy schedule. Ms. Hill has a demanding day job, an evening teaching job, and she still manages to complete two to three books a year. She knows the benefit of staying very organized in order to get everything she needs to accomplish during her workweek.
You would think she gets up very early or stay up very late to get her romance novels completed before their deadlines but she doesn’t. She goes to bed by 10:30PM every night because rest is very important to prevent burnout and high stress levels. Ms. Hill let us know she sticks to a daily routine that motivates her to get her novels done.
During our afternoon luncheon we had the honor of hearing from author Donna Hill. Ms. Hill began her career in 1987 writing short stories for the confession magazines. Since that time she has more than fifty published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre. Three of her novels have been adapted for television. (View her speech below, Barbara Keaton introduces her in the opening.)
Author Chanta Rand enlightened all of the AA/IR/Multicultural romance authors to her latest ventures Colorful Covers and the importance of author branding. Her husband is a wonderful photographer and model recruiter that works with her in this new company to providing quality images and stock photography of people of color (African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic). They will also feature interracial couples to their collection in the future, so stay tuned.
The last workshop I attended many have been one of the most important for me. It was where author Evelyn Palfrey spoke about the business and financial side of being an author. As a writer, you've chosen to be a creative person. Writing, however, is a business. Whether you're a freelancer with your first sale, or an experienced author with a multi-book contract, it is worth understanding basic income tax principles and rules.
Book authors (like other writers, photographers, performers, and artists) face some unique issues when filing their taxes. Most writers are sole proprietorships and must report their writing income, expenses, depreciation, and losses on Schedule C of Form 1040, "Net Profit from Business--Sole Proprietorship." And many authors are also becoming incorporated and taking advantage of the liability protection and easy of growth and transferability.
Later in the evening, the Murder Mystery was held and everyone had a lot of fun. All of the RSJ conference attendees took part in “Till Death Do Us Part”, a wedding-themed murder mystery. I was even cast as Anita Goodman for the show. The setting was the wedding of Neil Burger and Summer McDonald. Just as the happy couple pronounces their vows, a death is also pronounced.
This wedding truly was a nightmare! And can you believe many people thought I killed Bob, my boyfriend of two years and Neil’s Best Man? And I thought these people knew me. Fun times! LOL
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