The Conference Crush
One of my friends posted in our local Romance Writers of America chapter’s loop about how enthused and reenergized she was after coming back from the RWA conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Me? Not so much. It’s been over a week and I still have that feeling that I need to take great gulps of air.
There was so much going on, and this year’s conference included a whole track of workshops to meet the needs of self-publishing authors, a trade show for purveyors of services related to self-publishing, and a splashy meet-greet-eat evening reception hosted by Amazon. Jami Gold discusses this in depth on her blog, and here’s an NPR radio segment devoted to the RWA conference and the growth of self-publishing.
That’s not to say that traditional and the newer e-publishers weren’t present. In spite of reported financial troubles, Harlequin was present in a big way, and the Big Five held their usual book giveaways, where I got to have fan-girl moments with two of my favorite authors, Madeline Hunter and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
There were craft workshops also, including a terrific presentation on Motivation by Madeline Hunter and one on Conflict by Sarah MacLean, as well as an opportunity to pick the brain of marketing guru Penny Sansevierde.
I also got to spend quality time with Debby Gilbert and her staff. Debby is the founder and chief of Soul Mate Publishing. She and two of her editors took forty of us Soul Mate authors to dinner, and it was lovely to have a chance to match faces to names and discuss the industry. One of the things I like about Soul Mate is their willingness to take on unusual projects–for example, Catherine Castle’s The Nun and the Narc, and Deanne Wilsted’s Untangling the Knot two wonderful inspirational romances that would never have been accepted by the usual publishers because the heroines are Catholic.
And speaking of Soul Mate, my edits are in for Bella’s Band, and a cover design is underway. I’ll keep you posted on my progress there!
Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons (bubble gif) and the author’s photos from RWA 2014