. . .is that I’m back from San Antonio and the conference of the Romance Writers of America. It is an absolutely overwhelming and exhausting experience: 2,000 writers meeting together to network, chat, learn, meet and mingle–and some to party. Okay, most to party.
The conference, from Wednesday to Saturday of last week, is like a space station filled with the friendliest, most helpful people you’ll ever meet, circling in our own universe. Yes, 95% of those who attend are women so whole lot of talking going on.
Wednesday evening was the literacy signing. Published authors sit at tables filling a ballroom. At five-thirty, the doors are opened and crowds rush in to buy and have their books signed by the writer. The books are donated by publishing companies. This year, $58,000 was made, all of which goes to literacy: creating readers by selling books. I have to say this is, for me, an amazing experience and, every year, I’m so proud to be seated there and signing among all the amazing writers gathered.
Saturday evening is the awards presentation, a huge gala during which the best among published and unpublished novels and writers are honored.
In between, we attend workshops and meeting editors and do other signings and wear ourselves out greeting old friends and . . . and I’m so tired I can’t even think of anything exciting to write in my blog.
I’ll do better next week. I promise!