#RWA17: Is this ADULTING?

~ By Peggy Jaeger Something new at RWA this year was the adult coloring wall. Yeah…I know. This phase of adults reverting back to their younger years and doing things they did as children was originated as a means of connecting with your inner child to relieve the stress of being a, well, a grown-up. I’ve never felt the urge to color as an adult – even though I dabble in painting – and this seemed a little over the top. But…. it was really cool. The walls were covered with historical book covers from AVON authors and there were buckets...

RWA Responsibilities

~ By Peggy Jaeger A few weeks ago, I blogged about what to do if you’re attending the Annual RWA conference for the very first time. Being a first-time attendee can be daunting and overwhelming. So many fabulous courses to choose from; the amazing publishing spotlights; the free books, oh Lord, the free books. That moment when you realize your favorite author of all time is in the same elevator as you. It’s all heady stuff and those of us who are conference veterans know the feeling well. Which is why I want to concentrate on us old timers...

More Tips for RWA Nationals!

~ By Mary E. Thompson RWA17 is coming up fast! If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get to Orlando and jump in. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the summer, but also one of the most stressful. As an introvert, it’s hard to be surrounded by so many people, but as a writer, I love the feeling of being there. This is my third National Conference, and I have a few tips to share with you. Be Comfortable Everyone says this. In all the recommendations I read, wear comfortable shoes wasthe common denominator. But I...

Memories from a first time RWA conference attendee. . .

(and what I learned to do- and not do – for the next conference.) ~ By Peggy Jaeger In 2014 I attended my very first RWA conference in San Antonio. Not knowing what to expect from the conference, I’d gone with the idea that, as a trying-to-get-published romance writer, I was going to go all in, attend every workshop on craft and publishing, listen to every professional chat, set up as many editor and agent appointments as I was allowed, and basically do everything and see everything offered. What’s that old saying: you make plans and God laughs? Yeah....

Thoughts on being an “RT VIRGIN”

~ By Peggy Jaeger This past week I’ve been in the lovely city of Atlanta for my very first RT Convention. I’ve been hearing about RT for a long time, but have never had the opportunity to attend until this year, so I came without any expectations and a whole bag of nervous energy. I’m that girl who spends a lot of time in her hotel room during conference downtown writing and blogging. I usually don’t take advantage of the parties or any networking prospects because I’m basically an introvert. This year, though, one of my New Year’s resolutions...

Top 5 Takeaways from My RWA 2016

~ By Kris Jayne Note: This post originally appeared here.  RWA’s program amazes me every year. It offers information and guidance on everything from craft to business to wellness. The worst part? I can’t attend every session. So I’d love to share my top takeaways from the sessions I attended — small and large. Maybe in the comments, we can compare notes. 1) Boost your back matter (“Newsletters, Back Matter, and Other Indie Marketing Strategies,” Deanna Chase and Violet Vaughn) I self-publish, so I know the importance of back matter. I include the blurbs for the next books my...

RWA Nationals (and Penguins. . .)

~ By Casey Clipper Books ordered. Check. Swag. Check. Flight booked. Check. Wait, where’s the conference and hotel reservation confirmation emails? I didn’t print those out, did I? Crap. I hope I can locate them. Kind of important. Ten cardigans, because you know, I might change them out twice a day. Check. Twenty pairs of shoes, you know, for the pop-up club party that’ll occur. I need to bring these stilettos and five pairs of running shoes, ‘cause I do plan to hit the gym. At some point. Maybe. Probably not. But just in case. Check. Three outfits for...

Conference Season

~ By Sarah Vance-Tompkins It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s conference season! I always look forward to go to writing conferences even though these events are overwhelming to me. I’m an introverted introvert. (That may not be the official diagnosis, but no kidding. I’m shy.) Sure, I know how to mind my Ps & Qs at a conference. I can put on lipstick and chat with the best of them…but I have to force myself to be social…even in a group of writers, many of whom I’m sure are suffering from the same kind of social anxiety....

RWA Conference Bootcamp

~ By Mellanie Szereto Attending the RWA National Conference for the first time is a bit scary and overwhelming, but some planning and research can go a long way in easing those butterflies, especially for those who have never attended a professional conference. Take a deep breath and read on to find out what to expect! ~ BUDGETING Besides conference registration, hotel, and transportation expenses, attendees need to plan ahead for other costs. Since RWA2015 is my sixth conference, I have five years’ worth of expenses to help create a fairly accurate budget for myself. RWA Conference 2015 (Budgeted) Conference...

HELP! WHAT IN THE WORLD DO I WEAR AT NATIONALS? [REPOST]

~ By Susan Jeffery I know, I know – the RWA national conference is just a few weeks away. If you’re a nominee, you may be stressing about what you’re going to wear to the awards ceremony. You might still be uncertain of your ensemble for Harlequin’s Black and White party, or whatever party you’re invited to. When the finalists for the RITA and Golden Heart awards were announced on March 26, I believe the earth shifted on its axis. And I am pretty some writers jumped up and down, screamed, cried, and called everyone they know.  If they dialed...

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