Just to start off. I want to say Lemmings are adorable.
That being said. I felt a little bit like a lemming at the 2014 Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) Conference in San Antonio and it was AWESOME!!
What I mean is that there are a lot of Romance writers out there. And so many shades and subcategories that my head is spinning and they all have one thing in common. They love a good hero, or a bad one, or a funny one. Or a sexy heroine or a naughty one! There was so much diversity in the offerings and attractions and I meet so many phenomenal people and authors that I am still recovering. An occasional twitch wracks me occasionally after meeting Nora Roberts or Nalini Singh and don’t even mention Jayne Ann Krentz. I was fangirling all over the place. And remember “What happens in RWA. Stays in RWA.” Just saying.
As a new writer, I couldn’t have asked for a better conference to attend. RWA had multiple offerings for lectures on craft, marketing, publishing and distributing every hour throughout the entire conference. They also provided a handy dandy app which provided schedules and times for all meetings and you could get your handouts for said lectures in advanced. And if you missed anything, they provided a flash drive (for purchase but we are talking hundreds of hours of presentations) for those lectures that you missed. Hi tech and helpful. Oh my.
What I also love about RWA is that you don’t have to be published to be part of their organizations and their chapters are all about encouraging people to express themselves in whatever genre they see fit.
Further, RWA 2014 or any writing conference for that matter give the writer an unprecedented opportunity to interact and talk to individual agents and publishers. And to get an idea of what is going on in the industry that can help guide their careers. I got to pitch to two agents and three editors!
In fact, I specifically want to mention one agent who took pity on me as a nervous writer who went to my first pitch and … she doesn’t represent that genre. I deflated. And she picked me right back up again. She wrote out exactly who represented that genre that she knew and the publishers that I should focus on. Then personally walked me over to meet one of them at the end of a pitch session so that I could. It is that kind of consideration and dedication that I think defines the writing industry as a whole.
Thank you Christine Witthohn of Book Ends literary agency.
I also want to mention Jade Lee. She has published so many books and when I went to her signing, she knew me on sight from Twitter and greeted me by name! I squealed. It wasn’t pretty.
It is stories and encounters like these that inspire and that made RWA specifically but any writing conferences necessary for the often introverted writer to encourage and inspire.
I can’t wait for next year and I sit here browsing the internet looking for more writing conferences to attend!
And one more lemming picture.
Titled. Please, more Fabio. Please!
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