RWA Nationals

August 4th, 2012

 

Last week I attended the RWA (Romance Writers of America) national convention for the first time. It was in Anaheim, CA, adjacent to that most merry location on the planet (not trademarked). The convention was HUGE, something like 2,000 people, including authors, aspiring authors, agents, publishers, booksellers, librarians, genre aficionados, and strategically handsome massage therapists.

 

The convention has something for everybody: educational workshops, introductions to publishers, agent and editor pitch sessions, and tons and tons of networking opportunities. I met my fabulous Carina Press editor – Mallory Braus – for the first time, as well as dozens of authors, readers and bloggers. I even got a little work done, perhaps because the “work spaces” were so veddy, veddy nice. What? I’m from Alaska. I need Vitamin D.

 

Here’s a little of what the conference looked like, for me.

 

Poolside at the Anaheim Marriott. I promise I’m working!

View from the room – also working. (Note the laptop)

Cocktail time.

Carina Press editor Mallory Braus engaging in editorial revisions on author Sandy James. 😉

Harlequin party. We arrived about 15 minutes into the party, and the dance floor was already PACKED. Also: crepe bar.