Sunday, March 29, 2009
NEC RWA Let Your Imagination Take Flight!
I just spent a totally exciting weekend at the New England Chapter RWA's LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE FLIGHT conference! It started on a wonderful note. The first person I met was Lisa Garder. I love her work, so I had a gushing fangirl moment! And amazingly enough, she at least acted like she'd heard my name too! I also had a chance to chat with Jessica Andersen (Look for her NIGHTKEEPERS series!), Anna DeStefano (who is now with Dorchester, my publisher, for her romantic suspense DARK LEGACY), and Jennifer Greene (85 books published!) was our keynote speaker!
My editor, Leah Hultenschmidt of Dorchester was one of the featured industry professionals. We had a very productive (and fun!) meeting on Friday. She'd asked me to bring her 4 possible premises for my next story and in the end, she let me choose the one I felt most strongly about writing. Now I need to put together about 30 pages and then we'll get the contract settled.
Oh! and Leah also brought my gorgeous Christmas anthology cover! The jpg image does not do it justice. The red heart ornament is double embossed and the snowflakes are also raised. The gold is so rich looking in real life. I was thrilled!
Sadly, my agent has had to close her doors due to personal health reasons. She will always be special to me because she was the first to believe in my writing, but she's advised me to seek another agent. So on Saturday, I pitched to an agent I respect and would love to have represent me. She asked me to send a copy of VEXING THE VISCOUNT and 150 pages of a romantic suspense I've finished. Crossing my fingers and toes!
Then I had the chance to give my JOY OF WRITING SEX workshop. Often, a sex scene stops a story cold. My goal in this workshop is to help other writers think about how to make all the scenes in their manuscript deepen character and propel the story. I share lots of excerpts from writers who have used sex scenes in unique ways and my workshop is always filled with lots of laughter. And I got an invitation to come speak for a Connecticut RWA in April out of the deal!
I'll be going to the RT Convention and RWA Nationals, but a smaller regional conference has definite benefits, too. I'll be back next year!