Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Moonlight & Magnolias 2008

I first met Teresa Medeiros at the Southern Magic Conference in 2007 and enjoyed seeing her again this year at the M&M. She was our Keynote Speaker and touched us with her moving luncheon speech. Teresa also spoke informally a number of times throughout the weekend, and we enjoyed hearing her words of wisdom, always delivered with humor.

Margie Lawson presented a great three-hour intensive workshop on Friday. I'm convinced Margie is a genius! I learn so much when I attend her workshops. Thanks, Margie, for helping all of us become better writers.

The Fresh Fiction gals, looking pretty in pink, were with us for the weekend. Faye's great, and I always enjoy seeing her. Jude's new to FF and she's a doll. I hope all of you get to meet her soon.

CATA Romance stopped by my table at the book signing on Saturday. Donna Zapf picked up my October release, COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, and she's already posted a great review at Thanks, Donna!

Everyone looked so beautiful at Saturday's night banquet. Here I am with dear friends Steeple Hill author Missy Tippens and critique partner Darlene Buchholz. Missy and I presented a workshop earlier in the day. We also each worked with a number of writers on Friday to help with their editor/agent pitches. All the gals at my table had successful meetings and their manuscripts were requested! Woo-Hoo!!!

This photo was taken during the book signing. I was so glad Barbara, a great Memphis gal and longtime member of the River City Romance Writers, won my basket!

The conference was packed with fantastic workshops and lots of fun time for writers to mix and mingle. Thanks Nicki Salcedo and Michelle Newcome for co-chairing the M&M. This year was better than ever! Thanks also to Sandy Elze for all the great programs and to everyone on the committee.

My next book, COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, will be in bookstores by October 14th and launches my new Magnolia Medical series, which I'll talk more about next Wednesday. Hope to see you back here next week. Until then, happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings!
Debby Giusti

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Sherry Werth said...

Hi Debby, I heard it was a great conference and the pictures prove it. I'm hoping to make it next year.
I will be at the Southern Magic luncheon in Nov. Hope to see you girls there!

Missy Tippens said...

Great photos, Debby! I had such a great time at the conference!


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Sherry,
So glad you're planning to attend M&M next year. It'll be Oct 2-4, 2009, with Keynote Speaker Sherrilyn Kenyon and featured GRW author Dianna Love.

I'm looking forword to the Readers Luncheon in Birmingham on Nov 1 and knowing you'll be there will make it even better.

Anyone interested in attending the luncheon can find info on the Southern Magic website or go to RWA and click on Birmington, AL, chapter.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Missy,
Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed posting the photos and reliving all the fun! Great doing the workshop with you. A number of writers said we provided information they hadn't heard elsewhere so hopefully we helped.

Good luck to everyone sending in submissions following the conference!