March 30th, 2005

I woke up this morning and realized I’d agreed to go to brunch with a girlfriend. Somehow I’d completely spaced this last night. 🙁 Probably because I attended my local RWA meeting. Anytime I go to one of those I tend to get reflective afterwards and ignore what’s right in front of me.

Last night Linda Lael Miller spoke about conflict. I’m not sure how many of you have had a chance to listen to an author who’s reached this level of success, but they really are writing on a different plane. By that I don’t mean they’re spacey. They just approach writing in such a different manner.

I think it comes from all the crap they’ve gone through to reach that level. They don’t let the small things like font size, contests, editorial changes bother them. Editors, publishers, and agents come and go. They let it all slide like water off a duck’s back. All they worry about is where their next deal is coming from, how much they’re going to get paid, and if the publisher’s check clears. They also seem to have single titles down to a formula. I don’t mean they’re writing the same book over and over, but they know exactly how to throw them together. They still have problems on occasion, but they can fix them in short order. The peace of mind in that knowledge must be astounding. I would love to have a couple of hours of one on one time so I could pick her brain.

On a completely different note, I know there’s been a lot of emails flying about the RITA’s and the latest RWA Biz email. I’m not sure I will be entering the RITA’s next year. (No, I didn’t enter them this year.) It depends on what RWA ends up doing with the spicy romances. I won’t waste my money if they don’t make any changes. As for the other email, I’m not sure what’s happening there. Rumors are aflutter that some publishers are going to lose their RWA recognition. Again, I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. I think we’ll have to wait and see what the RWA decides. I, for one, will be following this new thread closely.

13 comments to “Meetings…”

  1. I’m also curious about which publishers no longer meet the criteria.

  2. Yes, am off to work today, but am in search of conflict. Can it be done? (heh, heh!) Have some brunch for me- am starving.

  3. Do you have any short story contests that you’d recommend entering?

  4. Won’t it be nice to someday have “only” those big-name worries you mentioned? I keep telling myself this storytelling stuff will get easier, but it’s hard to see it from here!

  5. Sylvia, I’ll be curious to see what they have to say about that too.

  6. Coffee Jill, I’m always in search of conflict…at least when it comes to my writing. 😉

  7. Pirate, There aren’t many short story contests out there. Also, it would depend on what kind of story you’re thinking about entering. A couple of things right off the top of my head, go to the bookstore or wherever writing magazines are carried and pick up Writer’s Digest and I believe Writer’s Journal. They both list short story contests fairly regularly. This list has sci-fi and fantasy magazines that regularly hold contests and buy short pieces. If you’re writing ‘romance’ short stories, then you may want to try New Concepts Publishing. They accept short length work. Hope that helps.

  8. Amy, Hang on. I’m closing my eyes trying to imagine those kind of problems. I almost have the image of my stone cottage in my mind.:-O

  9. I wondered about the ‘wording’ of that last RWA alert email, myself. :-/

  10. Jaq, It can be interpreted MANY different ways. We’ll just have to wait and see which way they decide to go.

  11. Amy I think part of what makes it harder (at least for me) is setting aside the business end long enough to get any decent writing done. However, I think I figured out (at least in part) what was wrong with FU so I’m tweaking a bit.

    Pirate if you write erotica, there’s ERWA for submissions though not necessarily contests. Speaking of which, I have a short store I don’t see getting done =(

  12. Just to put my two cents, Writer’s Market have long lists of contests for short stories, but most of them require entry fee. Great blog, by the way!

  13. Thanks Olga! I appreciate you dropping by.