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....

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...

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...

RWA Nationals: A Change in Perspective

~ By Deborah Blake I’ve been to three RWA National conventions, each of them falling at a different point in my career, and I was particularly aware when I went this year of how different the experience was depending on my perspective at the time. Don’t get me wrong. All the Nationals had much in common: they were loud, overwhelming, and a lot of fun. And I learned something from each and every one. But depending on where I was on my writing path, the convention took on a very different shape. Maybe you can learn a little something from...

Taking Over Nationals — Stories from Chapter Members!

The chapter was well represented at the RWA National Conference in New York City! Congratulations to Sonali Dev on her RITA nomination (Best First Book, A Bollywood Affair), to Abigail Owen, our Chapter VP of Communications, on her Prism Award (Andromeda’s Fall, Shadowcat Nation #1, RWA Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter, 1st Place in Dark Paranormal) and to Caro Carson on her RITA win (Contemporary Romance: Short, The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride)! Here are some highlights from our members. If you’ve got your own stories to share, please leave them in the comments. Enjoy!   Pen Name Problems ~ Sophia Henry I admit, it’s...

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