Sunday, August 1, 2010

My hat's off to Alison Kelly & the rest of the RWA staff for pulling off the switch in location for the RWA 2010 Conference. All in all it appeared to go smoothly.

On Wednesday I hit the road at the crack of dawn to get to the Harlequin Digital Clinic.  Harlequin and Carina Press digital guru's Malle Vallik, Jenny Bullough, Jayne Hoogenberk, and Amy Wilkins presented great information on how to use social media as an author.  Very beneficial especially for a novice like myself.  On a lunchbreak, I met up with fellow Wordy Wenches Sandra Madden and Vicky Koch for lunch. Congratulations to Vicky for placing second in the RWA Scriptscene competition for her screenplay adaptation of her published romantic comedy, HOLIDAY

Sandra Madden, Vicky Koch and myself.

Wednesday nite kicked off with the Literacy Booksigning. Over 500 authors participated with 3600 attendees, raising $55,000 for literacy, with the proceeds going to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Orlando’s Adult Literacy League, and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.

After the signing, my fabulous agent treated her authors to dinner at Shula's Steakhouse.  The meal was too die for.  I managed to save the bone from my steak to bring home to Maddie [When I couldn't find a cooler at the conference hotel, Roberta came to the rescue with her suggestion that I put the bone in a water holder that was in our goody bag and fill it with ice.  Then when I arrived home, I popped it in the oven.]                
Roberta, Angela Knight and Angela's husband

Thursday I met with Roberta to discuss my career plan over breakfast.  I had waffles with Mickey Mouse ears!  I attended a reception in the Harlequin Hospitality Suite and caught up with Intrigue authors Lisa Childs and Delores Fossen.  Next I lunched with the Harlequin NASCAR authors and editors Marsha Zinberg and Stacy Boyd.  It was so nice to tell NASCAR stories!                                                                 

After attending a few workshops the Florida Romance Writer group gathtered. 

Nancy Cohen, Sharon Hartley, Lisa Manuel, Michael Meeske, Carol Stephenson, Traci Hall, Kathleen Pickering, Ona Bustos, and Debbie Andrews
I then dined with Wordy Wenches Marcia King Gamble and Sandra Maddren.  We were joined by Sandra Kitt and Laura Castoro.  Although she's not in the photo below, author Susan O'Connell also joined us for a laugh-filled dinner at Il Mulino.
Sandra Kitt, Marcia King Gamble, Sandra Madden on the L.
Laura Castoro and myself on the R.

We finished up the night at Kimono's for Heather Graham's karaoke party.  The Florida Romance Writers group rocked it out! 

Debbie Andrews, Traci Hall, Kathleen Pickering
FRW President & Golden Heart Finalist Kristin Wallace
Wordy Wenches Carol Stephenson, Marcia King Gamble & Sandra Madden
Heather Graham

Lindsey Brookes & Lisa Childs

I attended the Awards Luncheon on Friday to listen to the goddess Jayne Ann Krentz give an inspiring speech.  I sucked it up and got a new publicity photo taken [hate, hate, hate having my own photo taken!].  At least I didn't break the camera. 

Friday nite I dined with the Carina Press staff and met several of their exciting authors.  We ate at Il Mulino and the food was sheer heaven. Then the HQ "Picture Perfect" party capped off the nite at the Waldorf Astoria.  What a fabulous time!!!!! 

Sally Fairchild, Heather Graham & Linda Conrad go for a group shot
I'm framed for having too good of a time!

Marcia King Gamble strikes a pose

My thanks to my roomie Sandra Madden, my fellow Wordy Wenches and Florida Romance Writers for such a great time.  The Harlequin and Carina Press folks were phenomemal.  And here's to all the new writers I met and will be following on Twitter and Facebook. Can't wait for #rwa11 in New York City!!! :) Carol 


Allison Chase said...

Great pictures, Carol! RWA did a phenomenal job on this conference, especially considering that they had to scramble to find a last minute venue. I'm so glad that so many of us from FRW were able to go!

Angela Knight said...

It was a wonderful conference, and I enjoyed seeing you again! :)

Angela Knight

Kathleen said...

One of the highlights at RWA was seeing you there, Carol. You're energy and enthusiasm is infectious! Can't wait to see the new profile pic you had done splashed all over the media world to go w/your fabulous Nascar series.
xox, Piks

Vicky Koch aka Sophia Knightly said...

Aw, Carol, thanks for your congratulations and support. Lunch with you and Sandy was fun! I enjoyed your RWA blog and pics. Not only are you a talented writer, but you are great at photography, too.

p.s. Love your new publicity head shot!


Nancy J. Cohen said...

These are wonderful photos, Carol. Your new publicity photo looks great! I'd need a hair and makeup artist to get mine done. So what did you learn about social media and authors, other than it's a necessity?