RWA Nationals in Atlanta

So I’m sitting here pondering Nationals this morning.

And while I’m doing so, I want to point out this very cool blog that I’m going to be linked to while I’m there.

Check out BloggingNational, a blog devoted entirely to all the writers who’ll be blogging while at the conference. So those of you who aren’t going this year will have a direct link to those who will be blogging about it while there (wow, can I say ‘blog’ a bit more in this paragraph? *g*). I thought this was a great idea!

Anyway, I’m editing my portion of the workshop I’ll be presenting with fellow Berkley author Shelley Bradley. We’re presenting a workshop in Atlanta entitled Plotting The Erotic Romance (Hint: It’s Not Porn). Hehehe. Isn’t that a great title? Anyway, for those going, we’re giving it Friday, July 28th from 2-3 p.m. so check us out!

I have to admit I’m feeling a bit like Cinderella at the ball at this year’s Nationals. And I’m rather excited that I get to have dinner with my Bantam editor, breakfast with my Berkley editor and my agent is hosting a HUGE party for all her clients since she’s located right outside Atlanta. This year I get to attend both the Bantam and Berkley cocktail parties. It’s kind of like getting the keys to the magic kingdom for the first time *g* and I admit to feeling a little starstruck about the whole thing.

I’m having bookmarks printed with my upcoming Bantam/Dell release and will be handing them out to EVERYONE there, and I’m really excited to be able to talk to people about my book.

Though I’ve been an RWA member for several years, last year was the first national conference I attended. I enjoyed it tremendously, having signed with my agent a few month’s before the conference. It was a thrill to meet my agent face to face for the first time. I hadn’t yet scored that big NY deal then, so I just soaked it all in. I did give a workshop last year on erotic romance, signed Ellora’s Cave books at the literacy signing and had an absolute blast being around other writers. I drooled over some of the amazing authors signing their books at the publisher signings, damn near sobbed when Linda Howard said she’d read my books (total awestruck moment for me *g*) and came away from the conference inspired and excited and eager to submit my finished proposal to my agent. A few weeks after Nationals we sold Surviving Demon Island to Bantam at auction. Hard to believe that was almost a year ago.

I wonder what will happen a year from now?

I wonder what I’ll wear to Nationals this year?

Ack. That’s for another blog post. *g*