Conference Thoughts

conferenceI’m on vacation this week because, when I was planning my time off, I thought I would be going to the Romance Writer’s Association 2013 annual conference in Atlanta (July 17-20).

But I’m not going.

I’ve been trying to decide how I feel about that.  I’ve decided I feel ambivalent.

A part of me is sad I’m not there.  This conference is a big huge deal for romance writers, and it’s freaking awesome if you are a romance fan-girl like me.  Plus, it would have given me a chance to see people I met in 2011, and to meet new people.  I’d be able to talk to people I interact with all the time on Facebook and Twitter, and I really, really wish I was there with them.  Who knows when I’ll have a chance to see them in person again?

I Am Not In Anaheim

I am not in Anaheim. Nora Roberts is. But, wait. Am I telling you the truth? After all, have you ever seen me and Nora Roberts in the same place at the same time? Could it be…. Hmmmm….

Oh, okay. We’re not the same person, although Nora does envy me my adventure-filled life.

So, you may wonder why I care that I’m not in Anaheim. And why Nora is there, along with a bajillion other romance authors and would-be romance authors. It can only be because it’s RWA National conference week.

I Did Not Get A Phone Call

Shockingly enough, I did not get a phone call on Monday to tell me that my book was a finalist for the RITA awards.

For those of you who are not romance junkies (like me), the RITAs are the awards that the Romance Writers of America (RWA) gives out to published romance novels and novellas every year. Think of it as the Oscars of romance.

This year about 1200 books were entered in a number of categories. Those books were culled down to a handful of nominees. The winners in each category will be announced at the RWA’s national conference in the summer. Monday was the day the RWA called the nominees to let them know that their book had moved into the final round of judging and were up for the awards.

My Final Take

Yes, yes. I know everyone is tired of hearing about RWA 2011. But this was kind of a big deal for me, so I thought I could get away with writing one more post about it.   I don’t get out much.

I wanted to share some of my personal takeaways from the conference. These are things I felt were most important for myself as a writer and, indeed, as a human being. So here they are, in no particular order.

  • I need to drink more water than I think I need to drink.

Ritas and Reflections

The 2011 RWA National Conference is over and I’m back at home, disoriented.

The last day of the conference was all about workshops for me. I stuffed my head so full with knowledge that it still hurts. Other, braver, authors were making pitches to agents and editors. Since attending the conference, I now understand better what a pitch actually is. I thought I’d better not pitch until I knew how to do it. Smart.

Friday night was the Rita and Golden Heart award ceremony and everyone was dressed to the nine’s. Here is Bookseller Ann a/k/a Bookaholic Ann all glammed up to attend.

Betsy’s Excellent Adventure – The Day of Glam

Thursday was the day of Glam for Betsy at the RWA Conference. It started out innocently enough with a workshop on sex (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*), then a workshop on romantic suspense.

The luncheon today was the awards luncheon. One of the awards recipients was Amy Atwell, a fellow Carina Press author, so, as I cheered very loudly for her, I thought I would take pictures.

Hmmm…well, it was a good idea.  You just trust me. She’s there.

Sherrilyn Kenyon gave the luncheon speech, and she was awesome.  Plus, we got more free books!  Woohoo!