Roughing It

P1010146This is the view outside our hotel room in St Pete, so you can tell we’re not suffering too much here at the Novelists Inc conference. We’re in a gorgeous setting, though most of what I’ve seen so far has been the inside of the big ballroom where we’ve had fascinating panel after fascinating panel today, all discussing the future of publishing. So much is changing so rapidly! Did you know that for every 100 mass market paperbacks sold this past year, 57 e-books were sold? The number is slightly less for hardcover, but still significant and only growing. That’s just one of many tidbits I learned today.

It’s been 5 years at least since my last NINC roomconference and it’s so good to see old friends and catch up with everyone. (I bet some of your favoite authors are in the picture to the right!).  I hadn’t seen Emilie Richards in so long, though thanks to the Internet, we’ve never lost touch. The last panel today had Joe Konrath, King of the Ebook, who always cracks me up. A couple of people from my publisher are here on panels as well as Al Zuckerman, founder of my agency. The thing I love about a NINC conference is that the participants are all multipublished authors, so it’s much more about the business of writing than the craft (although there’s certainly some of that). The atmosphere is more positive and upbeat than I’ve seen at a writers’ conference in a long time, though I think we’re all a little overwhelmed as well. Three more days to go. Can’t wait to see what I learn tomorrow!


  1. Margo on October 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Diane, I know you’re there for the conference but I also hope you’ll have some time to tour the city…I’ve heard it’s beautiful!…how exciting to have all these authors together in 1 room…my favorite is definitely there and her name is Diane Chamberlain.

  2. brenda on October 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

    The future of publishing…intriguing…especially with the prices of the ebook instruments (Kindle, etc.) going down so quickly…

  3. Diane Chamberlain on October 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Just a unreal discussion here that would have been uninkable even two years ago at one of these conferences.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on October 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Seriously, I have to get better at typing on the iPad! excuse the typos above.

  5. brenda on October 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I use my IPHONE for everything now during the week…only get on laptop weekends…no one minds the mistakes…my arthritic fingers…my granddaughter has an IPOD TOUCH (no phone)and she is so used to Nana’s mistakes on the IPHONE-we all laugh…new generation…

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