Conference Cherry Pop

~ By Kasey Lane When I offered to write a blog post following my first RWA conference I had no idea it would take so long for my brain to return to normal. To say the warnings of “overwhelming” were an understatement is like saying San Antonio is kind of warm and a little humid. Basically, by the end of the conference I felt like a babbling, overstimulated toddler after a candy binge. But I’ll try my best to not embarrass myself. Having received advice from the more experienced conference attendees in my writer’s group, I realized in the...

Our Chapter Members’ #RWA14 Panels!

Check out our chapter members’ panels at this week’s RWA Nationals Conference! Thursday 7/24, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Juggling Two Careers: Strategies for Keeping All Your Balls in the Air (CAREER) Speakers: Jennifer Lohmann and Kelly Maher Two authors with day jobs as librarians share strategies for balancing two careers and multiple identities including career planning, increasing productivity, pen names, when or should two jobs intermingle, and what to do when they can’t be kept apart.   Thursday 7/24, 11-12 p.m. The Six Goals of Online Book Promotions (and the Tools to Achieve Them) (MARKETING) Speaker: Laura Kaye A best-selling author...

HOW TO SURVIVE A CONVENTION: LESSONS LEARNED AT RT 2014

~ By Sarah Vance-Tompkins  I was a newbie at the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans this year. I wandered around the convention hotel proudly sporting a green “aspiring author” tag on my badge. I went to the convention with high hopes. I returned feeling like I had experienced both the best of times and the worst of times. THE BEST When you live on the west coast, you forget there are parts of the United States that has history you can see, feel, touch, and (in the case of Café Du Mond’s beignets) taste. The French Quarter is...