Posts Tagged ‘RWA 2009’

Yours Truly on Author Talk!

Friday, August 14th, 2009

At RWA I was interviewed by the wonderful women of AuthorTalk (where Authors talk to other Authors). I had a little trouble at first, but I took care of the problem and after that things went pretty well. What do you think?


What I did at RWA 09

Monday, July 20th, 2009

All righty! I have returned from Washington DC where Romance Writers of America held its annual national conference. As a west coaster, this means jet lag and I am such a sleep wimp. But it wasn’t bad and I took naps when possible. I won’t be able to remember things in order so bear with me.

In previous posts, I mentioned that the Risky Regencies members were interviewed on XM radio. I hope to have a link for you soon. The interview was Wednesday. I met up with fellow Grand Central Publishing authors for breakfast one day. It’s always so nice to talk about the business with people who are in the writing business.

A couple of times I was lucky enough to hang out with the wonderful historical author Joanna Bourne. She also won a RITA for My Lord and Spymaster. Joanna must be about the nicest person on the planet. I told a couple of fellow local chapter members that we need to lure her out to SF to talk to us. She’d be an awesome speaker.

Other writers I got to hang out and talk with include Bella Andre (hot firefighters!!), Amy Lau, Victoria Wolff, Ammanda McCabe, Andea Pickens, Diana Gaston and many many many more I’ll name in other contexts in a bit.

I also attended Ann Aquirre’s pajama party and someone was talking too loud or something because at midnight, hotel security called and asked that we pipe down. I believe that’s a sign that a good time was had by all. The party was well attended by bloggers, readers, reviewers and writers, including KatieBabs, Katie Garrabrant, Victoria Dahl, reviewers for Dear Author, oh, just gobs of great people who told funny stories etc. There were, as well, some fairly awesome pajamas.

My roommate, Megan Frampton got the doughnuts for our doughnut party and we sat around with writers etc in our room eating and watching the interesting bits of True Blood Season One, and reading bits from I don my wizard cap and cape. Google it. Not Safe For Work.

I had meetings, too. Lots of meetings. I meet with editor Amy Pierpont of GCP since my editor wasn’t there. We solidified the schedule for my next two paranormals for them and brainstormed about what marketing we’d do during 2010 since the two books will likely be back-to-back in June and July 2011. My meeting with my agent was also very helpful. It was great to talk about a big plan that covered my writing for both houses. I met with my Berkley editor, Kate Seaver, who edits my historicals. We talked about future projects.

There was unanticipated excitement, too. For example, the arrival of the Italian soccer team. OMG!! Some gentlemen associated with the team expressed wonderment at arriving at the hotel (by the way, the Wardman Marriott is a gorgeous hotel!) to find that all the guests appeared to women, many of them quite attractive.

Then there was the fire alarm, which required an evacuation. I stood outside with Jade Lee (Dragons) and Jessica Anderson (Mayan hotties) and we talked about books and stuff and I managed to get a couple of pics of the firefighters arriving. I think they were a bit startled by all the women taking pics of them. They had no idea. But come on! Firefighters at a Romance Writers convention? Then, after we were allowed back in Jade and I were in a hallway talking while interrupted talks were resuming and she was waiting for editor Chris Keeslar of Dorchester Publishing and I was waiting for the Ballantine spotlight to start when three more firefighters appeared! They were cuties, too and also looked at bit disconcerted by all the women. I didn’t get my phone out fast enough to get a close up shot.

I’m afraid my biggest reqret is missing the Marines. But that was post RITA’s and I had to go finish drying my jeans with an iron after someone’s glass of wine accidentally broke and splashed yours truly well and good. I was mentally worthless anyway but *sob* Marines! They too, as I hear it, expressed wonderment and awe at 2000 (well, 1999) women in party dresses.

The RITA awards were very nice. They did a great job keeping things moving along. The biggest excitement for me was Pam Rosenthal’s win for Edge of Impropriety and Joanna Bourne’s RITA win as noted above. Fellow Twitterer Karen Templeton won a RITA, too, which was also very exciting. There were a lot of very classy and touching acceptance speeches for the Golden Heart and the RITAs. My understanding is that all the RITA winners in the historical categories are Beau Monde members. If you write historicals, you might want to think of joining.

I got to meet many of my twitter followers/followees in person. And may I say that Victorial Dahl is as hilarious in person as she is on Twitter?

I didn’t pick up as many books as I did at the San Francisco conference because I’d have had to ship them back. One disappointment about the hotel was they didn’t do USPS, but I just shipped by UPS which was essentially the same price. I also wasn’t able to attend as many of the signings due to meetings or other engagements or to the fact that I was signing myself.

As is often the case, even though RWA members put on some awesome workshops, sometimes the best thing is sitting around talking to people — editors, agents, fellow writers, bloggers, booksellers, librarians, etc. I did find that the conference schedule was poorly laid out in the booklet and it was hard to figure out what was going on when and I think I missed out on a lot because of that.

Anne Stuart’s workshop on Alpha Heroes was interesting, as was Jennifer Crusie’s presentation on plot structure (I so need that!) Some workshops I wanted to attend were SRO only by the time I found them so I didn’t attend those. I believe I have mentioned before that I am directionally impaired. I spent a lot of time lost. I’m used to it.

I think that’s it for now.


Reporting from RWA

Friday, July 17th, 2009

OK, first off, I am very tired which I think means things are going well. Had a doughnut party in our room last night which was very fun. We ate doughnuts, talked smack, watch the more interesting bits of TrueBlood for a certain roommate who likes Bill more than Eric (WTF?) and some other stuff.

Today I had breakfast with my agent and had a very good meeting. Then I met with my Berkley editor and also had a very good meeting, which made me pretty happy. The luncheon was wonderful. Eloisa James gave a very inspiring talk and had more than a few people sniffling, too.

The Berkley and Grand Central signings were at the same time, so I went to the GCP signing for half an hour then popped over to the Berkley one, but the copies of Scandal were all gone. I signed a few for people who hadn’t left yet and gave away all my bookmarks. Then I went back to the GCP signing and by then all my books there were gone, too. So, rats for having those two at the same time.

After that I met up with Liz Maverick and Megan Frampton and we went to the Samhain get together which was crazy crowded.

In a bit, I’m off to the Berkley cocktail party and then a certain other party I can’t talk about but might start with a letter between G and I. Maybe.

Desperately need a nap, though. Will report more tomorrow if possible.


Over at the Riskies, RWA Report

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I’m over at the Risky Regencies blogging about our Radio Interview and RWA Nationals be sure to check it out!

The Literacy Signing is tonight, so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. I would be very pleased and happy if you did.

My flight from SFO to DCI was as an airplane ride ought to be; uneventful. The Wardman Marriot is beautiful and right now the AC is on and I am a happy girl. My roomate, Megan Frampton is behaving herself but I have hopes that won’t last. I will report more on RWA later as things get started.


A Happy Monday!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Today is a Monday and I am not at work. Nope. And I slept in. Bliss! I am futzing around before I do the final errands necessary before I leave for the Park and Fly hotel tonight. It’s fun. No writing, because then I’d have to back up to Fang again (just testing out a potential nickname for the MacBook Pro.) and Fang is currently in the laptop bag.

I got up a bit early (but nowhere near the usual 4:15 am) to finish making coffee cake. Twitter user @RedRobinReader sent me the recipe. You make the (yeast) dough the night before, then make coffee cake rings with it the next day. I had my doubts since I needed to add A LOT of extra flour when I was making the dough yesterday. And then this morning I had a total failure on the merinque and had to start over on that. But my goodness, this coffee cake is heavenly! I can’t eat anything else the rest of the day now.

The Next Paranormal is going pretty well. I’m over 26,000 words and had to do my first re-org to get things in a sensible order. For once, the theme has revealed itself to me very early on. I am quite happy with that. I think it’s because of the new laptop. Apple is some pretty awesome technology, peeps. So far so good!

I handed over the old laptop to my son after making a new login for him on it. By the time I get back from DC, I should know if I need to pull off anything else. Then I can do a total remove of my files. In the meantime, I have deskspace! Oh my gosh. Do you know now long it’s been since I’ve seen that corner of my desk? It’s kind of scary, actually.

If you’re going to be at RWA, please come by the Literacy Signing and say hello! It’s Wednesday, July 15 from 5:30-7:30. All proceeds go to charity, and there will be some great authors there.

Friday July 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 Berkley and Grand Central have their author signings, so stop by there too! I’ll be splitting my time between them. Bummer that they’re at the same time…

If you’re at RWA and you want to meet up, AND you’re on Twitter, the absolute easiest thing to do is dm me via Twitter. Or just tweet me. @cjewel

The conference hash tag is #RWA09 I’ll be on twitter and blogging when I can.


Head Down for a Few days

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Just a quick note to say I’m working on the page proofs for Indiscreet so I have my head down getting through those. Plus too much day job stuff bleeding into my real life and eating up my evenings. Sigh so I am behind in everything now and getting paid less for more work. Should Not Compute. But it does, sadly.

Am also woefully unprepared for RWA in July. However, good news is that I’ll be at the Literacy signing July 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm so if you’re in the DC area, come by!

On July 24 I’ll be at the Hachette booth at Comic Con San Diego signing 200 free copies of My Forbidden Desire so if you’re there, drop by. When not signing I will be looking for Alexander Skarsgard and all things True Blood related. I’m only there for the day. I’ll post better time info when I have it.