This is an advance post anticipating the fun I’ll be having at the Matera Women’s Fiction Festival when this goes up. The annual festival is underway in the spectacular southern Italian town of Matera.

If you haven’t seen my travel post on Matera  and you’re flat out of ideas for your next holiday, be sure to take a look.

As this post goes up, I’m sure I’ll be learning a great deal about the publishing industry today, meeting lots of interesting and inspiring authors from Italy, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and other points across the globe, discussing books, attending the great social events the festival organizes and, of course, eating delicious food accompanied by great wines (this is Italy, after all).

To give you a flavor of the seminars I’ll be attending, here’s some of what’s on offer:

  • Publishing is a click away : Trends and outlooks
  • New internet opportunities : Crowdsourcing  (Okay, I’ll ‘fess up. I have absolutely no idea what this is. But I hope to come back with some clue. If not, I’ll be asking all of you…).
  • Twitter doesn’t bite: Instructions for use ( Don’t know if this seminar  was designed specifically with me in mind…)
  • Briefing for thriller writers  – 19th century arms and how to avoid anachronisms (I don’t write thrillers and I rarely read them, but I still find these seminars incredibly  interesting. Last year, I went to a seminar on cyberterrorism and cybercriminals. Doubtful it will ever weave its way into my work, but I learned a heck of a lot!)
  • Women’s fiction as a genre that never loses popularity (!!)
  • Q&A with Agents and Editors
  • Self-publishing

I’ll report back on some of the interesting things to emerge from the conference. In the meantime, an enthusiastic “Ciao!” from beautiful Matera.

I’ll be sure to drink an extra glass of wine – or cup of cappuccino, depending on your preference – just for you…