Sorry I haven’t written. I’ve been exhausted since returning from the conference on Sunday. I went in early to visit a dear friend. We had a blast, even made it to the beach. When you live in a land-locked state, getting to see/feel the ocean is important.
I’ve been trying to arrange my thoughts about the conference. In a lot of ways it was the most laid back conference I’ve ever attended. Maybe that’s because it was on the west coast or perhaps it was the state of mind of the attendees. I’m really not sure. All I know is that the lack of drama was a delight.
I didn’t manage to attend many of the talks and the only spotlight I went to was held by Tor. For those of you interested, Tor is looking for old-fashioned space opera romances (ie think futuristic romances with aliens), urban fantasies and romantic suspense. The urban fantasies do not have to be romances. Romantic suspense is being acquired by Jozelle Dyer. She would like to see a synopsis (2 to 5 pages long max) and a full manuscript IF you are unpublished. Yes, my friends, Tor accepts unagented submissions. If you are published, then you can send her the first three chapters and a synopsis. Jozelle isn’t interested in seeing anymore cops/FBI/CIA/Ranger/etc. suspense books. She wants ordinary people put into jeopardy, who have to get themselves out of trouble. Heather Osborn doesn’t mind looking at time-travels, too, but the paranormal element must continue throughout the book not just during the time-travel episode.
This was the first conference I’ve attended that I didn’t have time to go to the various talks. My time was spent attending publishing events and meeting with my editors. I did manage to meet a few authors, Karen Foley (lovely lady), Leslie Kelly (cracks me up), Meljean Brook (surprised me by knowing about my book) and Michelle Rowen (who I believe could get me in a lot of trouble *g*). I also met Jim McCarthy, an agent for Dystel and Goderich. Don’t let the picture on the website fool you. He’s lost a ton of weight and looks fab. He was my date for the Harlequin party. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a long time. Funny, funny man. An author would be lucky to be represented by him.
The signing I did for Tor on Saturday went well. I had one box of books left over, but went through four. There seemed to be a lot of excitement. Hopefully it’ll carry through to when the book is released. I plan to mail out some more ARC’s to booksellers and will hold contests in the future, since I’ve gotten such a lovely response.
The conference is a bit of a blur. It seemed like I went from appointment to appointment between trying to meet up with friends. I did do something I haven’t done in a long time. I went to as many publisher signings as I could. My BOX of books arrives tomorrow. Gulp. I grabbed a lot of books I’d been after for a while and some that just looked interesting. A couple of friends were kind enough to go get UF’s for me while I participated in the Tor signing. And I am truly grateful. I cannot wait to spread them all out on the bed and drool. Yes, I enjoy getting books far more than clothes shopping. 😳
I probably won’t attend RWA next year. Instead, I’m going to the Romantic Times conference in Orlando. It’ll be after RED comes out and before SCARLET is released. A good time, I think. I’m also going to try to attend BEA again. I really enjoyed that conference and it’s in N.Y. next year. I should be able to meet up with my agent and editors while enjoying the expo.
I’m opening the blog up to questions. If you have any, fire away.