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Blogging at RWA Nationals

Bloggers aren’t the only ones recounting their adventures in San Francisco. Authors do it (and have done it before bloggers even began attending). Jude keeps track of everyone at Blogging Nationals where you can find the most up to date information about RWA San Francisco such as Louisa Edwards pre-conference horror story of the hotel running out of power. Bring a flashlight, kids, and possibly an extra battery for the laptop.

Kristen Painter and others are keeping track of what the YA authors are doing. Fictionistas will be doing a series of interviews with the YA Rita finalists (both the Young Adult category and the YA books in the Best First Book category) during the week of Nationals.

Come check out what Melissa Marr, Maureen Johnson, Simone Elkeles, Kelly Parra, and Rosemary Clement-Moore have to say. And as an added bonus, if you post a comment during that week, you’ll be entered to win a totebag full of YA books from the conference! It’s that simple. The more times you post, the more times you’re entered to win, so check out each day’s interview.

Interviews will be posted from July 28-Aug 2 at

And of course, we’ll have DA coverage starting Tuesday night. Hopefully, we’ll have exciting things to share or things we perceive to be exciting in the bubble of the convention.

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. SusanL
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 03:59:00

    I;m looking forward to your RWA coverage. Thanks for the info on fictionistas.

  2. Nora Roberts
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:02:25

    I’m leaving this morning. (Must throw flashlight in bag.)

    See you there, Jane!


  3. Rhonda Stapleton
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:39:59

    Thanks for the shout-out about Fictionistas!

    This is my first RWA national conference–I’m so, so excited about going! I can’t wait to meet everyone!!

  4. Kimber An
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 07:07:53

    Very cool. I only request that it’s kept upbeat. The blogs I read about the RWA conference last year made me never want to attend.

  5. Heather
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 07:31:18

    Kimber An, the only thing I can say is, if I ever go, I’m dragging you along with me.

  6. Robin Bayne
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 08:27:50

    Hope you all have a wonderful time and a safe trip. Looking forward to the updates.

  7. Kimber An
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 08:55:56

    Okay, Heather, I have an appointment to dance in the water fountain with Kimber Chin and you’re welcome to join us. If people get snarky and boring-adultish-only-talking-about-serious-stuff, we’ll need something childish and fun to do. I’m going to smuggle in Tribbles too, just in case.

  8. Patty L.
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 09:15:13

    Have fun at RWA. I will be checking out the blogs and living vicariously through everyone.

  9. Amanda Brice
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 10:23:00

    Thanks for the Fictionistas plug!

  10. Chrissy
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 18:20:59

    I am really looking forward to reading the blog this week. I can’t fly long distances, so it’s almost like I cheated and got to go!

    This was such a brilliant idea I’m jealous it wasn’t mine.

  11. SarahB
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 13:10:03

    I love traveling too how were your accommodations? I remember staying in this one hotel that smelled like being downwind of a row of porta-potties, mixed with cigar smoke…it was disgusting! Have you ever had any bad experiences, OMG please share!

    Check out this funny video, called “Ballad of a Traveler”, it is hilarious. He totally sums up the travelers experience:>

    YouTube – Ballad of a Traveler

    I work with Hampton Inn, and I’d love to hear your horror stories! What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had at a hotel? (I always get a kick outta this!)

  12. jc
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 15:43:54

    I took a day off work and went downtown yesterday to see if I can spot any of my fave authors but no such luck. Hope you all enjoy our beautiful city. I’d recommend Buca di Beppo in Howard Street between 4th & 5th for home cook Italian meal. R&G Lounge @ Kearny ST for best crab. Big portions and really good food. Weather has been cool lately but will heat up a bit towards end of the week so make sure to bring layers.

  13. MCHalliday
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 17:22:50

    Sarah B, I stayed at a Hampton Inn twice last month in Richmond, B.C. on my way to and from Mexico via Vancouver…for those not in the know, Richmond on Lulu Island is the location of the Vancouver airport. Alas, no horrid experience to share…the hotel was lovely, the bed divinely gorgeous and the front desk staff were wonderful.

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