RWA2016 is just around the corner. Are you going? Are you prepared? Or, maybe you haven’t registered because you don’t think you’re ready for the big step of attendance. To be honest, this is my first year. Yes. I will be attending. I pulled out a random back-issue of the Romance Writers Report, and it seemed fate was in my hands. The first story dealt with the convention, albeit a previous one. But, it gave great advice, that I’m going to share here.
Liz Tyner, the author of “Following a Dream to New York” (RWR, Feb ‘15) described her experience when she first arrived in New York City five years ago. It was her first conference, and she felt elated. The city rose high around here, the sites, the sounds. Ah, breathtaking! “Alicia Keys,” she wrote, “was singing about dreams coming true in New York.” This year’s conference might not be in The Big Apple, but our dreams can come just as true in San Diego! As she relates,no matter where it is held, the conference provides the opportunity to learn the writer’s craft, and to network.
For oft-closeted writers, a chance to network with other authors is not to be missed! Famous authors are suddenly at hand, and maybe next to you in line for a book signing. H.M. Ward, and Kristan Higgins surprised Liz at her conference.
She reminds us to hurry to our preferred events, because seating fills up fast. And, make sure you attend the Awards Ceremony! That’s when all the big names are sure to be in the room with you! Then, she reminds us that EVERYONE benefits, no matter what point we are at in our careers. Liz attended her first conference prior to being published. That may have been the thing that helped her focus on her career.
This summer will be my first RWA conference. I hope I’ll see you there.