What's it like attending the Romance Writers of America National Conference as a Harlequin author?
Fun, inspiring and educational!
I've been very privileged in my writing life--this was my 15th year attending this event, and 4th as a Superromance author. To me, the best part of the conference is meeting with other writers, as well as participating in the workshops, editor pitches, and networking events. I also love the romance publisher get-togethers and made sure to partake in all Harlequin had to offer.
Here is my short photo essay of some of the highlights for 2014:
|Cathryn Parry with The Sweetest Hours|
Harlequin sent copies of my Scottish-set contemporary The Sweetest Hours, and a volunteer arranged the books beautifully on the table, complete with a red Harlequin balloon and author button. This photo was taken before the doors to the Marriott ballroom opened. (There was a very long line of readers waiting!)
|Vintage Harlequin Covers|
Another fun event on Thursday night was the annual eHarlequin pajama party. I don't participate on that forum as often as I would like, though I do look forward to the annual Superromance Christmas Week celebration.
Here are two of the fun giveaways from the pajama party. These notebook covers are from vintage Harlequins. I chose "Doctor Scott" and "Anna...She lived like a wicked little animal." (Sorry, ladies, I am keeping these!)
On Friday, there was a Harlequin booksigning session open to all attendees at the conference. Jeannie Watt and Beth Andrews represented us at Superromance. In this overview photo, you can just see Jeannie busily signing her books amidst the crowd in the background:
|The 2014 Harlequin Booksigning|
Friday night is the famous Harlequin party. I clearly remember being an unpublished writer, wistfully watching the Harlequin authors in their cocktail dresses walking through the hotel lobby en route to the festivities. I'm sorry that I couldn't get clear photos of the fun on the dance floor, but I did record some of the food and favor tables outside of the action:
|Ice Cream Buffet|
|Dancing Socks inside Vases|
On Saturday night, the conference was capped with the Rita award ceremony (see Kris's post last week, with photos). We have Superromance authors with news to report, but I'll leave that happy task to them!
Lastly, I have two prize packets to give away, each containing take-homes from the conference.
The first item in the packet is an autographed copy of Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Woman's Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve, by Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff. This is a Harlequin-published book, and we received copies during Cindy Ratzlaff's excellent breakfast speech. Kathy Kinney was also present--she is best known as the actress who played Mimi on The Drew Carey Show, and yes, she autographed the book, too!
Next is a mini-poster I picked up in the Goody Room, for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, beginning August 9th on Starz. Is anyone else looking forward to this adaptation?
There's also a copy of my Scottish-set Superromance, The Sweetest Hours. This is Book 1 of a series--Book 2 (Scotland for Christmas) is coming out in December 2014, and Book 3 (Rhiannon's Story) is in process.
That's it--Otis the cat is not included. Winners will be randomly-selected from this post's commenters from now until Saturday, when I list the results. (Good luck!) If we get lots of commenters, I can include a few more prize copies of The Sweetest Hours with the Outlander mini-poster.
I'm interested in hearing from you. Please say hello, or mention what you're up to in August. Any trips or things you are looking forward to?
Take care, and thanks for reading!
Cathryn Parry lives in New England with her husband and her neighbor's cat, Otis. Her next Superromance, Book 2 in the Sage Family of Scotland Series, will be out in December. Please see her website at www.CathrynParry.com.