So…my weekend, or The Benefit of taking a Master class

~ By Peggy Jaeger There really should be something done about lousy internet in hotels and conferences! I was at a fabulous conference this weekend and couldn’t blog about it because it took FOREVER to get connected to WiFi. Oh well…better late than never. Friday night I took a master class with marketing guru Jane Friedman. It quite literally changed the way I view all the social media stuff I have to do as a writer who wants to get her book in front of strangers. For two hours she spoke about all the ways a writer can engage readers and get them to — not...

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...

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...

Rejection. . .

~ By Peggy Jaeger What’s a 9 letter word for: refusal, dismissal, forsaking? Here’s a hint: the answer starts with an r, can make you cry your eyes out, and eat an entire package of Milano cookies in one sitting. Make that 2 packages. Got it yet? Yup. REJECTION. As a writer I’ve experienced my fair share of rejection from everyone from editors to literary agents, to publishers. I‘ve had synopses discarded, proposals denounced, queries snubbed, and outlines slighted. I’ve been rejected in person, in print, in emails, in snail-mail, via phone and even once in a text. The first time I’d...

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