I spent this last weekend with the Missouri Romance Writers group and want to thank them for making my time so enjoyable. I arrived in St. Louis Friday evening after a very short and uneventful flight where I was left alone to quiely read a submission I was excited about and catch up on some author material.
This particular event was not a conference, but the group flew me in to speak at their chapter meeting. I have to admit that in my old age I think I’m really starting to enjoy chapter meetings a lot better than conferences. For one, my workload is considerably lighter. Usually it’s an evening and an afternoon and then I’m left to my own devices and two, since the group is smaller I’m also able to connect with them on a more personal basis.
Friday night we had an informal get-together/pot-luck dinner (I didn’t bring anything) and Saturday I spoke for about 90 minutes and then took two hours of appointments. I commend the group for asking some really great questions and for not being afraid to ask whatever they wanted. We talked about contracts, what an agent does for you besides sell your book and they weren’t afraid to ask about the most recent Triskelion issue, the Simon & Schuster contract clause and Harlequin in general. My only regret is that I didn’t take notes as I went because I know some of the issues that came up would make good blog posts.
I wish I had a witty story about the stupid things writers do to share with you, but I don’t. They were a really well put together and organized group. Everyone handled themselves professionally (yes, despite the talk of strippers) and I enjoyed meeting them all.
In addition to spending time with the MORWA group I also finished a submission I’m excited about (which I’ll discuss later) and read an ARC (advanced reading copy) I enjoyed (which I’ll also discuss later). Let’s put it this way…I had two very interesting reading experiences this trip.
And now, I’m exhausted. It’s amazing how much high heels, networking, “being on,” and flying can wear a person out. So today I plan to catch up on those things I’m behind on and head out early to soak my feet, spend time with my family, and read one of my author’s manuscripts.
If any MORWA members are reading and think that something came up in my talk that could or should be discussed in the blog, I’d be happy for the reminder.