Monday, 30 March 2009

NEC-RWA Conference was this weekend

This weekend the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America held their annual conference. We gathered for two days of workshops, networking, agent/editor appointments and fun.

I confess, the only reason I went is because they held the conference at a hotel six miles from my house. I HATE driving. I don't even go to the monthly meetings because they're held fifteen miles away.

But I did get to play Gushing Fan over some of my favorite authors, who are members. Loretta Chase (Your Scandalous Ways), whom I adore, was there. So was Terri Brisbin (One Candlelit Christmas, an anthology--Terri's story, Blame It on the Mistletoe, is up for a RITA) and Diana Groe/Emily Bryan (Vexing the Viscount). Also there were others of the Regency persuasion, Sally Mackenzie (The Naked Baron), Janet Mulaney(Rules of Gentility) and Caroline Linden(A View to a Kiss). So I gushed and bought their autographed books to get their autographs, even though I already own copies. And I can deduct the books on my income tax.

The 2010 conference will be held on March 26 and 27 in the same place, so I'll go again. A year ago today I hadn't yet received my first contract from The Wild Rose Press. Who knows what will happen in the next year?

And, a reminder, on Friday, April 3, I'm guest blogging at Between the Lines on I Write Regency.

Thank you all,


Lindsay Townsend said...

How super! Glad you had such a great time, Linda! If you feel like sharing any conference nuggests of info, or pics, please do so. (Checking the calendar first, of course.)

6 miles is a nice distance to travel. Even I can do that.

Kaye Manro said...

I'm with Lindsay-- I hope you share info from your visit to NEC.

And I'm not much for driving long distances either. My friends live about 48 miles from me and I hardly ever get to visit becasue I don't like the drive.

Linda Banche said...

Lindsay, Kaye,

Some people came all the way from Missouri, a good 1000 miles. At least one came from Washington, DC, which is several hundred miles.

Nice to know there are others in the world who, like me, are not car-happy. **grins**