Sinatra is in my head and a little knot of anxiety is in my belly as I contemplate our impending trip to New York City for the 2011 Romance Writers of America national conference. I’m packing my bags and leaving Saturday. Sunday and Monday we’ll tour the zoo, Central Park, and children’s museum (I’m bringing my family). Tuesday I have a lunch date with my editor, who I’ve met only the once (2009 ECWC). He seems very charming and approachable, so I’m not too nervous about it. My agent (Miriam Kriss) I’ve never met in person. We are trying to squeeze in a time to meet too.
Tuesday evening is the 2011 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, where 400 romance authors will crowd into a ballroom to sign books and raise money for literacy programs. If you live near New York, please stop by. This event is open to everyone. I won’t be signing, as my book isn’t out yet, but I’ll be there chatting up authors and readers. New this year is the opportunity to collect Romance Trading Cards (like baseball cards). I’m particularly excited about Meljean Brook‘s cards, because she commissioned original artwork for them. They turned out beautifully.
The 2011 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Tuesday, June 28, from 5:30â€“7:30 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Broadway Ballroom
After the signing, stop by the Marriott bar to chat with Romance Bloggers and authors. This is also an open event. I met a number of these lovely ladies back when I first started blogging about romance, and had the chance to meet in person at the 2008 RWA conference in San Francisco. Seems like eons ago! I will try to stop by, but might have to wave from the door, as I’ll have my munchkin with me.
Wednesday the conference starts. The PAN retreat (for published authors) is after the keynote lunch. The big event that night is my publisher’s cocktail party, where I’ll meet other Kensington authors. Thursday and Friday are full of workshops, and Friday evening is my literary agency’s cocktail party. Saturday we fly home.
Are you going? What are you most excited for? I wish I were still a book blogger so that I could go to the Harlequin Tea and get a fascinator!