Local conferences are going on from coast to coast, on many continents. Chances are, there's one in your area soon. If you're US based, Arizona's Desert Dreams Writers Conference is just around the corner--a great conference with a big bang for the buck. Live in the south? northwest? east cost? Writers Conferences are everywhere. In fact, just google Writers Conferences 2012 and put in your state, and I'm sure you'll find one.
Many hopeful writers are under the gross misconception that becoming a published author is a matter of talent. Yes, talent helps. But there is so much more that goes in the pot and so many ways to screw up the broth! If your lifelong goal was any other business, you wouldn't think twice about training, education and seminars, but for some reasons, writers think they should just be able to sit down and do it. And some can. But if you're getting rejections and bewildered as to why, maybe it's time to educate yourself. So no matter what conference you attend, make it a goal to get to one this year!
Erin Quinn will be speaking at Desert Dreams Writers Conference in Scottsdale Arizona, April 27-29, 2012. More information: http://www.desertroserwa.org/conferences/Phoenix-Romance-Writers-Conferences.php
Best of luck!