So, I attended the RWA conference last week. I came in with a sinus infection and went home with the flu. I thought I was feeling better yesterday, but must have over done it since I slept for 12 hours. I’m so far behind now in my writing it’s sad, and I just signed on to do a Christmas Boxset which I have to turn in September 4, 2018, so this should be interesting. The title is: THE CHRISTMAS GETAWAY. I’m pretty excited about this one. It will be a contemporary romance, so not so much suspense.
Back to RWA. For years I attended these conferences with Bob Mayer as Cool Gus Publishing. Bob and I would park ourselves in the lobby for the day and talk with people. We’d attend a few workshops, but we would always set up tons of business meetings, so our goals were always networking. Now that I’m going alone, my my goals are a little different. Yes, networking is always my number one goal, but I also went to check out what’s new in the industry. That said, I was highly disappointed in the workshop options. The few I attended, other than one, I was also disappointed. There were many geared toward beginners, which is good. It’s important to help out new authors. I was new once and am very grateful for all the help. But I would have liked to have seen more higher level master classes. The other disappointment was the lack of interaction with publishers, though I did get to talk with two editors I am submitting to. All that said, I enjoyed the conference.
I don’t go just for workshops. I go to meet people. Talk with people. Ask questions. Learn and some of the best learning happens in conversation. And often the best part of the conference happens after when you connect with the new people you met.
I’m on the fence about going to NYC next year for RWA, but only based on cost of the hotel. But I’ll probably go. Hopefully, I won’t come home sick.
I haven’t had the flu in years and this one knocked me on my ass for a week. I’m still not quiet right and it’s making it difficult to get work done and I have deadlines!
In other news, my hubby and I are coming up on our 30th wedding anniversary. Holy shit! hard to believe! We’re hoping to go to Greece!
Here is a picture of me and my crazy ass family that I love so much! Happy summer!