Romance Writers of America's annual National Conference (held in Anaheim, California) has been over for a full week, but I'm still catching up on my laundry, emails, and my sleep! What a great first experience for a conference.
I had some idea what to expect, but boy was I glad to have a few friends there to meet me: fellow Inkwell Inspirations contributors Anita Mae Draper and Suzie Johnson. We met up at Disneyland before the conference and had a blast.
|Wearing our 3-D glasses after "Star Tours," L-R: Suzie Johnson, me, and Anita Mae Draper|
They made great roommates, too.
The first thing I did at conference was attend the annual meeting of the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Worship and fellowship truly set the tone for my conference experience, and I loved meeting other FHL members.
In fact, some prayed with me before my pitch appointment with an editor, and Anita Mae waited for me so we could process how things went. I couldn't believe others would give of their valuable time for me, when there were so many other things they could be doing.
|Right after my pitch appointment, with authors Debby Giutsi, Anne Barton, Sandra Leesmith, Anita Mae Draper! Sweet, talented ladies.|
(By the way, pitching my Regency manuscript went well, and I'm busy editing/polishing it so I can get it out!)
In addition to making new friends and pitching my story, I attended the literacy book signing, the PRO-Writers retreat on legal issues, publisher spotlight events, an update on the inspiratinal market, workshops on craft, and book signings. I had a great time at the Harlequin signing, meeting some fabulous inspirational Love Inspired writers like Renee Ryan, Terri Reed, Leonora Worth, Winnie Griggs, and Janet Tronstad--they were all so friendly and kind.
I could not resist the opportunity to meet Nora Roberts, either. (As my husband said, "Even I know who she is.") I picked up a copy of her J.D. Robb-penned suspense anthology and she was kind enough to pose for pictures. Too cool!
And throughout it all, I met writers. In lines, at workshops, at the meals, in the elevator. Sometimes we exchanged business cards and I look forward to connecting with some these ladies.
I can't wait to attend another big conference. So here's to starting a new piggy bank fund.
But in the meantime, I've got a manuscript to edit!