Hi Everyone –
I just got home from my first RT conference. I learned SO much and had a blast meeting many writers that I only knew online. I also got to meet Liz from my new publisher, Entangled Publishing, so that was fun too!
I’ve been to plenty of writer’s conferences in the past, but this was the first one I’ve ever attended that also invited readers. I really enjoyed the mix of people. Readers, librarians, booksellers and writers were all there. It was interesting in some of the panels to hear the feedback from readers about what they like, etc.
I also enjoyed that this conference made time for parties and opportunities to mingle and meet people. Usually I’m so focused on workshops, that I miss out on chatting with other writers, reviewers, etc.
So here are some of the highlights… 🙂
<— This is my roommate Cori & I at the Fairie Ball… We were so sparkly! LOL
I was super lucky to get to see Dean Koontz speak about the “Craft of Writing”… A fire alarm went off during the workshop and half of the attendees evactuated before hotel security informed us that it was a false alarm… I ended up with a front row seat and a picture with my new BFF… Dean Koontz!!! 🙂
This was a huge highlight for me!!! I got to meet Jimmy Thomas who was the cover model for my Across the Veil cover. He was such a cool down to earth guy! Plus he looks amazing in a tank top, right? LOL
And speaking of cover models, RT hosts a contest during the conference called Mr. Romance. About 10 guys are competing for votes and the winner gets a modeling contract for romance novel covers. I was shocked by their diva attitudes! Yow!
We sat with one of the contestants at our dinner table during the Faerie Ball. This guy went out of his way to be sure we all knew that everyone thought he was sexy. It was so lame! At one point he stepped out to get a glass of wine and when he got back he plopped into his chair with an over-dramatic sigh and said, “I got stopped for pictures about 10 times on the way back. I can’t even get a glass of wine.”
Oh please! Woe is you for being hot… LOL We all rolled our eyes. He might as well be saying “Is there a more presumptuous person than myself?”
Except he’d need to know what “presumptuous” meant! 🙂
Other than their rotten attitudes and raunchy dance moves, the cover models didn’t leave enough of an impression on me. I didn’t give any of them my vote. I just want to be clear that these were guys trying to “become” cover models. Jimmy Thomas, the guy on my cover, was very professional and nothing like the Mr. Romance contestants.
So RT was a huge success. I had a great meeting with an agent, and made some contacts with some book reviewers and amazing authors!!! I’m exhausted, and after 3 nights of dancing until midnight, I feel like my legs could pop off at any moment like Mr. Potato Head! LOL
I’m still editing the Forgotten Treasures anthology and Night Walker! 🙂
Great reviews are starting to trickle in for Across the Veil too! YAY!!! 🙂 Here are some links if you’re interested…
And a video review here! 🙂
Thanks for reading!!! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to work on my book and know Night Walker will be out in the world soon!!! I can’t wait to show you the amazing cover they’ve been working on over at Entangled Publishing… SO amazing!!!
Have a great week!