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A Drama Filled Day

Factions of the RWA are abuzz with the news of the de-recognition of e publishers, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, and Loose ID. Some authors are apparently saying that it is the bias against erotica rearing its ugly head. I thought it might have something to do with the Triskelion bankruptcy myself. I had breakfast with Samhain this morning and no one talked about the changes to the Publisher Recognition status.

Jaci Burton, Michelle Pillow, Mandy Roth

Angela James

After the breakfast, I went to volunteer at the Borders Book Fair. I was told to mingle with the customers and so I did. Carly Phillips was there, rubbing her fingers across the covers and asking what could change in her own book covers. She summoned me over for an opinion. (I don’t think she’s ever heard of DearAuthor which is true for many authors here). I told her that some of her books looked YA and some looked chick lit. I asked her who her audience was. She wanted to capture a broad spectrum. I think that male covers are in and that’s what sells. What does sell a modern contemporary romance that is non suspense?

I then spoke with Carol Stacy and Faygie Levy from RT. RT apparently offers up a manuscript evaluation service. Who knew? The book fair had four authors in the back filled with published books but the rest of the books were ones on writing and research like books on lore and books on forensics.

Book Fair

Linda Howard showed up at the Book Fair and posed with Linda Winstead Jones and Beverly Barton to form the Raintree Trilogy authors. Linda also signed some books. She asked the reader how to spell her name and the reader replied “You are Linda Howard, you can change my name if you want.”

Linda Winstead Jones, Bevarly Barton, Linda Howard

Bevarly Barton apparently has a great first sale story involving nudity.

I then went to the luncheon and sat with Sherry Thomas. We were given Debra Webb’s She told me about her desire to write science fiction romances in addition to her historicals. Sounds fascinating. Lisa Kleypas played her audience perfectly, just like a good storyteller, mixing humor and drama. Her motto is the Armadillo. Nothing kills the Armadillo, not even bullets, except a car.

Keynote Speech

After the luncheon, I met up with Sybil who wasn’t able to get into the luncheon but she did have a one on one with JR Ward earlier in the day. Lucky her. We went into the press room and ran into Kayla Perrin who had just finished live blogging for RWA.

Kayla Perrin

After hanging out in the press room and perusing the impressive set of giveaways (I found the Farrah Roche book there and picked it up), we met up with Sabrina Jeffries. I apologize for the horrible focusing. I don’t know what happened there.

Press Goody Table

Sabrina Jeffries

I then met Nalini Singh down by the coffee shop where she was sitting with three Golden Heart nominees.

Kristen Painter, Maureen McGowan, Sue Paytas

Kristen Painter’s book, All Fired Up, is a single title paranormal finalist which is loosely based on the legend of the phoenix. Maureen McGowan finaled in Strong Romantic Elements with The Miseducation of April Hillson. Sue Paytas’ Touch of Danger is in the running for single title contemporary.

From the lobby, Nalini Singh and I went to the Zebra party where we met up with Kristie J, Wendy and Sybil. Sybil had a migraine and Eve Kenin/Silver was attempting to holistically help her. So whatever you dirty minded readers thought that they were doing before is just wrong.

Eve Kenin/Silver and the right side of Sybil.

Eve Kenin/Silver took a break to be photographed with fellow Zebra author, Caroline Linden. Caroline had a problem smiling with the camera with her eyes open.

Caroline Linden and Eve Silver/Kenin

I decided that with Ann Christopher, Nailini Singh and I in the same room, we had the largest minority representation of the entire conference.

Ann Christopher and Nalini Singh

After the Zebra party, Kristie J, Wendy, Sybil, I and Nalini Singh went to the opening reception. A waitress met us at the door and offered up some type of seafood ball that looked great but was not very tasteful. We were also given mini paninis which were okay. I did enjoy the mini taco salads and ate two of those. I had to buy a soda for $4.00. Water was also $4.00. 0_0. The room was very crowded so we exited with our food and priceless beverages and sat in the networking lounge which was adjacent to the reception.

Opening Reception

We then heard that the Smart Bitches were in the lobby and sped off to meet them. They eventually joined our table in the networking lounge.

Candy Tan and Sarah Weldon, First Sale authors

We talked for a few hours about blogland, romance authors, the RWA decisions and so forth. Finally it was back to the room for room service and a late night’s sleep.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Angela
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 23:32:06

    First! (always want to do that on a blog!)

    Everyone looks beautiful and glowing!

  2. Pam Champagne
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 05:20:36

    Thanks for the post. Gave me a taste for the conference since I can’t be there.

  3. Danielle
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 06:12:34

    Thanks for all the great experiences who had on the first day. I’m still jealous…I wish I was there. I do have one question: Were is the picture of you, Sybil and Kristi!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jayne
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 07:47:11

    I am salivating at the sight of those press goody tables.

  5. Keishon
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 09:52:23

    Excellent reporting! I am enjoying it, more please!

  6. Sarah Frantz
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 10:37:36

    Pictures of YOU, Jane! Pictures of YOU, too!

  7. Holly
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 12:53:59

    Color me jealous.

    Thanks so much for the updates. It (almost) feels like I’m there…

  8. jaq
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 13:39:06

    If you go to Alison Kent’s blog, you’ll see a solo pic of Jane and a pic of Sybil and Kristie. (At least I think that’s where I saw the photos. Maybe I saw them on Jaci Burton’s blog.)

  9. Karen Scott
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 15:02:13

    I decided that with Ann Christopher, Nailini Singh and I in the same room, we had the largest minority representation of the entire conference.

    That’s funny and sad at the same time.

    Jaq, the pic of Sybil, Kristie and Jane are on Alison’s blog.

    I think it’s pretty funny how a lot of people probably assumed Jane was white, hehe.

  10. Mandy M. Roth
    Jul 15, 2007 @ 17:23:35

    It was great getting to meet you!

    (sorry for the funny face during the photo… Michelle had just accidentally rammed her elbow into me… in a not so fun spot) *snort*

  11. Maureen McGowan
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 11:33:41

    It was so great to meet you, Jane! I’m slowly starting to recover from last week. Might take a while!

  12. Michelle M Pillow
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 13:20:51

    Great meeting you! LOL, love how Mandy’s blaming me for the funny face… okay, so maybe I did bump her.

  13. Eve Silver / Eve Kenin
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 14:36:54

    It was great to meet you, Jane. Wow…those pictures of me are pretty tragic, LOL!

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