Well.....I'm back from Washington and the huge RWA conference. I'm exhaling and taking a rest from all the hustle and bustle of the past month. It's been exciting, stressful, and everything inbetween.
I landed in DC last Wednesday and literally hit the ground running! Got to my room at 3:15....unpacked, called home, etc. Had plans to meet my editor at 5:00 at the Omni, where she was staying.....a short walk from the Marriott Wardman Park, where I was staying and the conference hotel. I had that VIP dinner that evening that my publicist was hosting and since we were being picked up by the limo at 7:45, I had to be all dressed in my finery to go meet my editor.
And what a great meeting it was......Do all authors adore their editors? I sure do and feel very fortunate to have her. This was our first time meeting face to face and we spent over two hours sipping a glass of wine and getting to know each other. But it wasn't all "social" because we also discussed book #2 and some revisions that my editor suggested. I also pitched my story to her for the Christmas novella in the anthology that I'll be doing with Fern Michaels headlining and my editor loved it. So I'm rarin' to go with the revisions and beginning my novella.
After my meeting with my editor, it was back to the Marriott to be picked up and taken to the Hay-Adams Hotel. As you can see from the photo above (names below) I was certainly in the midst of some major players in the world of romance and women's fiction writing! And yeah......I did have to pinch myself a couple of times because I was actually chatting with them and in their company. But you know what? Some of them might be NY Times and USA Today best selling authors, but they're so down to earth and SO easy to talk with and fun to be with.
It was quite an evening and one that I'll never forget.......we had some very influential people at that dinner. Bette-Lee Fox (Library Journal) Daisy Maryles (Former Executive Editor, Publishers Weekly) John Charles ( Booklist & Chicago Tribune) Kristin Ramsdell (Romance Columnist, Library Journal) Michelle Buonfiglio (Romance B (u) y the Book and B&N.com's Heart to Heart host) Carol Fitzgerald (The Book Report Network) Faygie Levy (Editor, RT BOOKreviews) Genie Ford (Owner, Books & Crannies, Middleburg, VA) Barbara Vey (Publishers Weekly blogger) Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches Trashy Books, LLC) Bethanne Patrick (WETA's The Book Studio "The Book Maven") and Monica Hesse (Reporter, The Washington Post)
The Hay-Adams was oozing with old-world charm and creative energy filled our private dining room. If I briefly closed my eyes, I felt perhaps I was at a literary salon in Paris of the 20's......hosted by Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare & Company, surrounded by the avant-garde. Dinner was superb, service attentive and the lively discussion was quite enjoyable. The VIP's discussed trends in the industry, while the authors shared about their writing careers and newest releases.
And all of this took place on my first day in Washington. With so much more to share with you, I hope you'll join me here next time for Part II. See you then..............
(PHOTO ABOVE- FAR LEFT TO RIGHT: Michelle Moran, Deidre Knight, Carla Neggers, (in front of Carla) Judy Duarte, (next to Judy) Debbie Macomber (Beside Debbie) Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly (Beside Barbara) Sabrina Jeffries BACK ROW: (Behind Judy) Louisa Edwards, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Yours Truly, (To my left, in back) Wendy Corsi Staub, Robyn Carr and Colleen Gleason)