What I'm Reading:
On the plane, I finished an indie-pubbed New Adult novel called Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli, featuring three characters who intersect at a top-ranked training facility that prepares them for pro-level matches. I ate up the tennis stuff since I used to play and still occasionally watch the sport. I started this book while Wimbledon was on, so one day at the gym, I could read a snippet and look up at the TV monitors and see Serena Williams smash a baseline hit. I also started a Scottish Highlands historical romance based on a recommendation, and while I appreciate the details, it may not be for me.
What I WILL Be Reading:
|(Mostly) Free books!|
Each keynote speaker lunch gives attendees two of the author's books on their chair. Publishing imprints host their own author book signings throughout the week--such as Avon or Sourcebooks--and those books are free and you can meet the author.
I also paid for a few books at the massive literary signing the first night, where a portion of the proceeds go to various literary charities. Being a newbie, I just may have tried to hand some cash to Rachel Gibson for one of her paperbacks, not realizing that readers collect their books and then line up at the end to purchase in bulk. WHOOPS!
|Rachel Gibson promo on the elevator door|
|Crowds at the literacy signing|
What Inspires Me
The RWA conference inspired me on two levels: the workshops, meeting new writers, and learning industry stuff, and then on a second level, to realize how far I've come already. I attended a regional RWA conference in Chicago in early 2012, where it clicked for me that this writing hobby really needed to be treated like a business if I wanted to succeed in it. I'd been writing seriously for a year or so at that point, but wasn't ready to pitch to an agent, and I still needed a lot of help in how to craft a good story.
|Laura Bradford & I|
Here's me and agency owner Laura Bradford, who my agent Sarah LaPolla works for. I sat next to her for YA Day and saw her a bunch of times througout the conference.
I've learned so much in the past few years outside of conferences. I've learned it from YOU. I want to give a BIG VIRTUAL HUG to all the bloggers who have posted query letter revisions, and offered critiques, writing advice, industry guidance, and everything else that helps mentor new writers. It's because of you, your blogs and this community, that I found the resources on how to research agents and industry standards. So THANK YOU!
Now here's a fun little collage from the conference:
Here are a few links to other blogs with recaps and round-ups:
Top 10 tips, quotes, and advice I heard at RWA2013
The RITA winners with book reviews
Red Carpet Roundup! (including Yours Truly with my fancy fascinator, standing next to a cute blond in hatwear)
Author Roni Loren, Photos from RWA
Casablanca Authors cover the event, including FOOD PICS!
A chance to win the signed book haul from RT (Romantic Times Mag/conference)
What have you been up to this week? Have you met your reading or writing goals? Or did you take a really great vacation?