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Dear Author’s RWA Report: Jolie, the Intrepid Bookseller

A good friend of mine, Jolie, is a bookseller who specializes in selling romances. She goes to RWA every year. This time I begged her to write up a report about what she found out at the conference about the future of romance. This is her report:

RWA 2006 –” Hotlanta!

 

Another RWA conference has come and gone without a hitch or a huge controversy. At least not like last years’ rouse of a RITA Awards, even seeing it unfold in my PJs –” my usual RITA attire –” was a shocker!

My conference started on Wednesday, and unlike last year there was actually a function for booksellers –” a tea. I’m not much for tea, not the kind that RWA serves up anyway. I tend to be a little biased on this subject. Apparently, to the RWA, booksellers are a bother. So much so that you couldn’t register for the event and no name tags were provided –” well, you can’t have name tags if you don’t have registration. I just showed up anyway. Authors didn’t know who the booksellers were and as such, spent time talking amongst themselves. I remember the days when we booksellers were treated to a day filled with events, talks and seminars and even a luncheon. Those days are long gone for booksellers, but the librarians still have one in which we booksellers can participate. But I’m sure I don’t need to remind readers that there is a vast difference between bookstores and libraries!

Thursday and Friday were filled with informative sessions –” I hit the publishers’ spotlights. It’s where they reveal not only the direction of the industry, but who has the hot books coming soon.

As most readers know paranormals and erotic romance are hot right now –” and the industry shows no sign of slowing down. In fact with erotic romance many publishers have new lines to feature these spicy stories. Although whether most of the erotic romance being published even remotely resembles anything close to a romance is beyond me! There is hope though; buzz around the conference is there are a few publishers left who are looking to develop an erotic romance line. Hear me now –” READERS WANT THE HAPPY ENDING!!!

As for books obtaining a lot of buzz, be on the lookout for:

  • Thea Devine has a contemporary due out from Pocket October of this year: His Little Black Book.
  • Also from Pocket is Roxanne St. Claire’s third book of the Bullet Catchers series, Take Me Tonight, due out spring of 2007 — is getting very good buzz. Without having read the first two in the series, I have to admit that I can’t wait for it . . . this means I’ll have to get caught up to date!
  • Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh was also a much talked about book (at least I was talking it up to everyone who would listen). StS is new paranormal due out in September from Berkley.
  • Another hot read getting some early buzz from Berkley is Lora Leigh’s Harmony’s Way. It’s the follow up to the break out book Megan’s Mark, which made the USA Today’s bestseller list. HW is in stores December 2006.
  • Jacquelyn Frank’s The Nightwalkers: Jacob is also creating some buzz. Kate Duffy, her editor from Kensington, is putting it on her best of the best list. After the number of years that Duffy has been in publishing, I have high hopes for this book. I have to admit I snagged an ARC of it immediately!

Friday nights’ publisher parties seemed uneventful. Mostly crowded, you could barely get around to even talk to anyone. The only thing noteworthy was Cindy Dees who cornered one of the Harlequin editors and seemed to be having an intense discussion, definitely not the party atmosphere.

That leaves the RITAs. Once I heard Nora was slated to MC once again this year, my curiosity got the best of me. I dressed for the occasion (see note above, me and my PJs) set on staying just for Nora’s opening monologue. Two hours later I was still stuck to my seat! In fact, most people walking out of the theater kept stopping for the little shorts still playing on the giant screen. Little vignettes played throughout the entire ceremony, movies about, well, publishing and writing. Including the ever famous Kathy Bates Misery sequence where she *demands* that the book is written in her way! Oh and not to forget the ever famous Romancing the Stone –” “Joan Wilder –” THE Joan Wilder????” And please, anyone who knows what the name of the movie that Hugh Jackman plays a man who writes a romance, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know . . . !!!!

Yes, Nora is a classy lady. She is the very definition of a class act. To come back from last years’ debacle to triumph with the best RITA Awards ceremony EVER, she is my hero! Honestly, I’ve never stayed for an entire ceremony before –” I just hope she’ll MC it next year too! My hat is off to you Nora!

The only thing left to answer was this years’ hullabaloo . . . nothing concrete, but there was quite a bit of whispers about Ellora’s Cave and its future. Now this could be some residual from the recent June update to Piers Anthony’s website about how EC authors’ checks are bouncing or maybe it’s because some of their best authors have been picked up by New York publishers. We may have to revisit this topic another day when we have more information.

Notes for next years’ Dallas conference: Find a dress for the RITAs if Nora continues to MC the event and also get a meeting with the Pocket editors –” they seem to have a handle on the books for which readers are really enjoying these days.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

30 Comments

  1. Anya Bast
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 07:32:47

    EC checks bouncing?? Gee, that’s news to me…and I’m an author.

    Nora Roberts rocks. :)

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  2. Nicole
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 08:18:04

    My local bookseller had a lot to say about EC one day while I was in. According to her, she’s emailed them many times to ask some questions and has never ONCE gotten a reply. And to forget calling, as that has never done any good. And she says that ordering books is a huge hassle. Either just to order them, or shipping takes forever. And the times she’s seen them at conferences, they’ve never been at their booths. So she’s really not impressed with them and even told me that she thinks that unless they get their business in order, no matter how good their books are, they won’t stay in business.

    I’m just paraphrasing here, but that’s the gist of what she told me. And the bookstore she holds is just expanding, but unless EC gets behind their business end of things, I doubt there will be EC books on those shiny new shelves.Which will be a shame since she’s one of the best romance booksellers I’ve met.

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  3. Michele
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 09:31:02

    The Hugh Jackman movie (I caught it on cable a few years back; cute) is something like Paperback Writer or Paperback Hero.

    M

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  4. May
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 10:22:08

    I can vouch for Nalini’s Slave To Sensation. It is going to be THE para romance debut of the year.

    Thanks for taking the time to write this, Jolie!

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  5. Jane
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 10:24:10

    [quote comment="2786"]I can vouch for Nalini’s Slave To Sensation. It is going to be THE para romance debut of the year.[/quote]

    I agree May. I can’t wait to post my review. It’s why I chose it for the 100bloggers blogging thingy. I think the book will have tremendous appeal. If I can be so bold, I think that Nalini Singh will be the next JR Ward.

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  6. May
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 10:31:30

    [quote comment="2787"][quote comment="2786"]I can vouch for Nalini’s Slave To Sensation. It is going to be THE para romance debut of the year.[/quote]

    I agree May. I can’t wait to post my review. It’s why I chose it for the 100bloggers blogging thingy. I think the book will have tremendous appeal. If I can be so bold, I think that Nalini Singh will be the next JR Ward.[/quote]

    Seconded. And I can’t wait to post it either. It’s so nice to be able to gush about a book.

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  7. Jayne
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 10:35:42

    Yes, Nora is a classy lady. She is the very definition of a class act. To come back from last years’ debacle to triumph with the best RITA Awards ceremony EVER, she is my hero! Honestly, I’ve never stayed for an entire ceremony before – I just hope she’ll MC it next year too! My hat is off to you Nora!

    Indulge my ignorance. What happened last year?

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  8. Jolie
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 12:29:31

    Anya — As I said, it was only whispering. As bookseller I have many authors approaching me to talk about the bookselling biz. When these hushed whispers happened repeatedly throughout the week, I could only wonder if they had any truth to the matter. A completely different source led me to Anthony’s site, which placed some validation on said whispers.

    Nicole — I’m selling TONS of EC and other newly printed e-book titles. But I could sell a ton MORE of EC’s titles if I could get the shipping straightened out. Both of my bookstore’s suppliers, Ingram and Baker and Taylor have trouble getting and keeping EC books in stock, while there doesn’t seem to be any trouble with Samhain, which I sold copies of Lora Leigh’s book Loving Lies into the double digits in one week. I never have enough copies to do the same for any EC title.

    Michele — Thanks so much! Now, if only I could get my hands on a copy . . . ;-)

    May and Jane — YES!! I recently finished the ARC of StS — Oh yeah, it’s on my HOT list!! I upped my previous order. I personally think that as a debut single title (she’s written several Desires that I’m trying to get my hands on!) she’s headed straight for the top!

    Jayne — To briefly sum up last years’ RITA, Nora was to MC the 25th Anniversary of the RWA organization. Unfortunately whoever put the show together decided that 25 years of romance novels and writing had nothing to do with the RWA and that 25 years of past POLITICS was more interesting. Let’s just say a clip of Tienamin Square playing to the music of Don’t Worry Be Happy, had everyone squirming in their seats! Nora rightfully declined to participate. I’m sure many since have wished they did. I only saw a few clips, but it was enough to make me wish I hadn’t!

    To echo Anya, Nora rocks! Much more than that, she has earned my tremendous respect!

    Jolie

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  9. Jayne
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 12:56:34

    Unfortunately whoever put the show together decided that 25 years of romance novels and writing had nothing to do with the RWA and that 25 years of past POLITICS was more interesting. Let’s just say a clip of Tienamin Square playing to the music of Don’t Worry Be Happy, had everyone squirming in their seats!

    WTF? What idiot, um I mean person looking for a unique angle to celebrate 25 years of the RWA, decided that?

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  10. Tilly Greene
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 13:23:51

    Fabulous write up Jolie…thank you for taking the time to do this for those of us not able to attend. It’s a real shame the RWA is not able to treat booksellers as they should be – royalty, because lets be honest, they keep authors working!

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  11. Jane
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 13:30:22

    [quote comment="2799"]It’s a real shame the RWA is not able to treat booksellers as they should be – royalty, because lets be honest, they keep authors working![/quote]

    It’s kind of an epidemic, I think. Jolie may be at work and not able to comment, but from what she has told me in the past years, booksellers are often kind of a forgotten wheel of the romance machine. I think, too, authors tend to forget that. Jolie is much too much of a lady (unlike moi) to out publicly the authors who have been dismissive of her and other booksellers at these conferences.

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  12. Lynne
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 13:33:56

    The Hugh Jackman movie is “Paperback Hero.” Too bad it’s so hard to find these days.

    Jolie, I’ve got to ask — hopefully without sounding like “What are you wearing?” — what kind of pajamas did you wear?

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  13. Karen Scott
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 13:45:08

    Jolie is much too much of a lady (unlike moi) to out publicly the authors who have been dismissive of her and other booksellers at these conferences.

    OK, what are you waiting for, dish the dirt already!

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  14. Jane
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 13:54:05

    [quote comment="2802"]OK, what are you waiting for, dish the dirt already![/quote]

    I wish I could :( but I have to abide by the accursed ethics of my good friend. Sorry.

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  15. Sasha
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 15:47:06

    I went to that Booksellers Tea! LOL It was a bit of a madhouse, and a disappointment for those of us who really did want to speak with the booksellers. As you said, no name tags.

    It’s a shame RWA isn’t doing more you, as I know many of us authors would love to have a chance to meet and talk to more of you.

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  16. Jolie
    Aug 07, 2006 @ 23:58:25

    Jayne — I’m not sure who made the decisions for the 25th Anniversary. Let’s just say there was swift changing of the guard not long after!

    Tilly — While I thank you for the wonderful compliment, I think it’s the readers who keep authors working. I’m just the tool that connects the two together!! Although, working with authors makes it that much easier to accomplish. That’s why I attend as many events as possible. I’m a reader at heart who just wants to make other readers happy. Of course, I could shamelessly tell you that the entire reason I’m in bookselling is to keep MY favorite authors writing. I figure the more I sell of their books, the longer they’ll keep writing!! ;-) And of course, the ARCs I get ARE a BONUS! :-D

    Jane, Jane Jane, you are a TRUE friend! I may be a lady, but there are some authors out there that I could REALLY dish about! And, yes, I was at work and unable to respond.

    Lynne — LOL! Since I knew that I would actually be seated and watching Nora’s opening monologue, I wore something much nicer than PJs! But had you seen me last year, peeking my head in periodically, I was wearing what looked more like lounge pants and a long sleeved cotton shirt in black and white. I would have worn my Nick and Nora duckies, but I figured that was pushing my luck (pun intended!) walking through the casino!

    Hugh Jackman, writing a romance novel — I think I’m still in my PJs dreaming!!!

    Karen — Jane is such a good friend she would never throw me to the wolves! LOL! That doesn’t mean I won’t dish . . .

    Sasha — I would have LOVED to have met you! Maybe next year someone can blog a plan to bypass the RWA and make plans to meet in the hotel lounge! That way any author and bookseller wanting to make connections can do so without having to elbow our way past the crowd of authors who just want the free desserts and books!

    By the way, congratulations on the Romantic Times review – 4  ½ Stars for Bound!

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  17. Tilly Greene
    Aug 08, 2006 @ 06:51:11

    I think it’s the readers who keep authors working.

    Jolie – To a certain extent I agree with you in that it’s my purchasing the book that pays the author. However, for me there is more to it than that. I travel and the first thing I do when I hit a new place is find the local independent bookshop [big box shops are the next choice but they are often to invested in the latest big sellers] and head out to for a looksee. If the shop doesn’t carry what I want to read, then I walk out with nothing. But if they do, then I’ll look around and see what else they have on the shelves, and usually come away with a bag filled with hopefuls.

    So, you see, for me its the bookshop that sells the unlooked for book. I found Jacqueline Carey, Monique Felix [a children's picture book illustrator who uses no words just pictures for kids to make up their own stories], Juliet Marillier…well, I won’t go on, let’s just say there are many automatic buys I’ve found in shops that maybe carried the latest MC Beaton book and so I looked around to see who else they had.

    [Shrug] For this reader, I celebrate the bookseller who unearths a gem and puts it on their shelves for me to find and enjoy, then I support the author by buying the next.

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  18. Jane
    Aug 08, 2006 @ 08:01:43

    The ironic thing is that Jolie wants to be entranced by authors so that she can be excited about selling them. There was a recent blog post by a romance author (I think) linking to an article about how one bookseller’s frequent re-ordering of a book made the publisher sit up and take notice and how that began a whole steamroll effect of getting the book pushed at other stores, etc. One bookseller can make such a huge difference.

    When I read Nalini Singh’s book and loved, I called Jolie right away and told her to read it because I knew if Jolie liked it, she could have a major impact on sales. Because Jolie is pretty well connected in the biz. That’s the other ironic thing. Most authors don’t realize it, but Jolie and other booksellers help to make buying decisions for their national chains. It pays to suck up the bookseller, seriously!

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  19. Tilly Greene
    Aug 08, 2006 @ 08:34:34

    The ironic thing is that Jolie wants to be entranced by authors so that she can be excited about selling them.

    Now that’s the kind of bookshop I like…be I wearing the reader or author hat. If only those higher up [RWA in this case] understood this premise and properly hosted an event to make it happen!

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  20. Jayne
    Aug 08, 2006 @ 08:50:23

    Monique Felix [a children's picture book illustrator who uses no words just pictures for kids to make up their own stories],

    Tilly, this just sounds so cool. I’m all for trying to get children to use their own imagination instead of relying on being spoon fed their entertainment.

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  21. Tilly Greene
    Aug 08, 2006 @ 09:28:00

    I’m all for trying to get children to use their own imagination instead of relying on being spoon fed their entertainment.[/quote]

    Jayne that’s fantastic! Let those imaginations spread their wings, and enjoy what comes out [and the world will have one less uptight adult in it's future]. Look at John Lithgow books as well, what he does to Micawber, a squirrel in the park, is wonderful. One simple thing opens a whole new magical world.

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  22. Marilyn Shoemaker
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 09:36:25

    I accidentally posted on Jane’s thread this comment.

    However, I wanted to comment on Roxanne St. Claire’s Bullet Catcher series. It should be a must read for you. Kill Me Twice and Thrill Me to Death are incredible books and I can’t wait for Take Me Tonight. The series is wonderful, so good i firmly believe they could be a TV series and I’m hoping someone will pick up on this! And if you haven’t read Hit Reply, I highly recommend tat as well.

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  23. Monica Burns
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 09:52:50

    Jolie,

    I would have loved to have been at the bookseller tea, but as an erotic romance author for New Concepts Publishing, I didn’t have that privilege because NCP isn’t an RWA-recognized publisher. *shrug* Booksellers are my connection to gaining new readers. I usually get myself into hot water when I speak out over issues like this, but not having name tags for an event like the bookseller one shows a lack of organizational skills. Did you also have conference name badges with Bookseller on it? I only met two individual booksellers, which was at a workshop and there were too many people to actually talk about the business of selling books. If I had known where to find booksellers to talk to them, I would have been there.

    What about the luncheons? Did you get to mingle with ALL authors or were you guided to honorary, reserved tables? Naturally, I want to pitch my books to booksellers, BUT I also like knowing what they see going on in their stores. I’ve heard from a lot of people that vampires are dying out, and yet one of my local booksellers tells me she can’t keep them on the shelf. These are the type of things I need to know. So as an author, I believe talking to booksellers one-on-one is still the best way to learn what’s hot. I also happen to be a reader (when there’s time – 80hr work weeks make that hard) so I pop in to my local bookstore for my usual $200 spree every couple of months. Actually I’m due this week. LOL

    As for the bookseller tea, it’s quite possible the event was organized by a wonderful volunteer, and that could be part of the problem. Not all writers are organized, nor have most of them ever organized any type of event before. RWA relies heavily on it’s volunteers for the majority of its work. I’m not sure how much or how little direction there is from the small staff at the National office.

    I plan on sending in my own comments to the Board about what I think could be done to improve things, and I’m sure they’d appreciate your input as an industry professional. They’re more apt to listen to you than to me as I’m low on the food chain (although I don’t intend to remain there. *grin*)The Board is listed on the RWA site if you wish to send a letter.

    Hopefully, we’ll meet sometime in the near future.

    Best, Monica Burns

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  24. Jolie
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 18:21:13

    Marilyn — I can’t wait to dig in to the Bullet Catchers! Take Me Tonight’s premise really appealed to me. In fact, you could hear audible interest when the Pocket editor was talking about it. Then my fellow bookseller and I looked at each other with wide eyes. We were both thinking if done right, it will really be a breakout book for St. Claire! Which is why it ended up on my list of buzz reads from the conference.

    Hit Reply — yes! Once I got back from the conference I picked up the first two Bullet Catchers and discovered that she wrote under the name Rocki St. Claire. While I’m normally don’t like chick lit, a good book is a good book!

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  25. Jolie
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 19:35:49

    Monica – I’m with you and usually stepping in it because I have strong opinions on booksellers as well! ;-) I’m about to do so again!

    I was very frustrated for the booksellers who didn’t have name tags and booksellers who had never been to a conference before. I’ve been to enough conferences and events that I’m known and recognized by authors. But booksellers who live in the area or who are just starting to make connections lost out on meeting many authors. In fact, many of the authors I talked to asked ME who the booksellers were. Unfortunately, I didn’t know many.

    Most RWA national conferences have only the local booksellers in attendance, because it’s so very expensive to attend the full conference. Just a few years ago there was a $25 fee to attend a day of workshops and a luncheon for booksellers in which authors could attend. Today a bookseller has to pay regular conference fees to attend. Although the bookseller’s tea was free this year, the RWA didn’t expect a big turnout from area booksellers. And why should they? They didn’t advertise it locally and made registration difficult.

    As for conference badges, well, again a bookseller would have to pay the conference fee. For many booksellers it’s just too expensive. And since there aren’t any workshops geared towards booksellers – without a bookseller’s day – it’s just not worth it.

    LOL! I’m so cynical about this, but I’m going to stick my neck out anyway. RWA doesn’t care if booksellers attend ANYthing. So no, we don’t get seated in special locations honorary or otherwise at the luncheons. I sound like a broken record, but back when they had the bookseller’s day, the luncheon was something authors could attend. It was a great opportunity for authors and booksellers. It’s unfortunate that RWA did away with that and replaced it with the bookseller’s tea.

    Did I get to mingle with ALL authors? Absolutely!! I make a point to make myself available to any author who thinks I can help them in anyway! In fact, I spend most of my RWA conference talking books – what’s hot, what’s not. I can be found hanging out with fellow booksellers, readers, authors and anyone else who likes to talk books.

    I’ll also tell you that Vampires are still HOT! I don’t know who told you they’re dying, but that’s FAR from the truth. Paranormals and Erotic Romance are still increasing in sales at an ASTOUNDING rate! Neither has hit their peak, nor do they show any signs of slowing down! How do I know this for a fact? I work for one of the large chain bookstores and I get information about romance sales.

    I can really appreciate the fact that many events for the RWA are run by hard working volunteers – I’ve volunteered for conferences and the like and have worked my tush off!! I’m not sure that was the case here. Having “registered" for the event, I was basically told nothing but to show up.

    If you’re thinking about sending comments to the RWA Board, I would also encourage you to include your complaints at having bookseller access. As you said, if you had know where to find us you would have made a point to be there. You have a double reason to make this complaint as you weren’t allowed access to the booksellers who attended the tea!

    Total aside here – why isn’t NCP authors recognized by the RWA yet?? That seems absurd! Especially since NCP is one of the e-pubs going print these days. If fact, I sell just as many NCP as I do EC. Is EC recognized? This just blows my mind! I would guess that if you aren’t recognized by RWA you aren’t a PAN member either?? Are there EC authors who are members of PAN, anyone know??

    As for my input, appreciated?? Sorry, I have to disagree with you. RWA doesn’t appreciate booksellers at all. Why would they be interested in my input?? If you think you’re low in the food chain, I’m not sure I rank any higher!

    That’s not to say that I don’t know my worth. I’ve worked with a ton of authors who value what I do each and everyday. Attending both the RT and RWA conferences this year, I was treated to many a lunch and dinner, by both publishers and authors. So I’m not saying all this to sound like I don’t feel appreciated – I am absolutely appreciated – by authors, by readers and by my company!

    Monica, at next years’ RWA event, I’ll make it a point to come find you and introduce myself. I would very much look forward to meeting you! As I posted to Sasha here on this site – maybe next year someone can blog a plan to bypass the RWA and make plans to meet in the hotel lounge! That way any author and bookseller wanting to make connections can do so without having to rely on the RWA to make it happen!

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  26. Sasha
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 20:07:47

    I was very frustrated for the booksellers who didn’t have name tags and booksellers who had never been to a conference before. I’ve been to enough conferences and events that I’m known and recognized by authors. But booksellers who live in the area or who are just starting to make connections lost out on meeting many authors. In fact, many of the authors I talked to asked ME who the booksellers were. Unfortunately, I didn’t know many.

    Exactly. It was very frustrating for new authors too. It was my first bookseller event, and with two releases in July, my first single title and my first novella in an anthology, I was very eager to go out and network, but I didn’t know who anyone was. Not to mention the fact that I live in Northern Canada and the one conference I go to a year inteh US is my only chance to do so.

    Maybe for next year I’ll host a tea myself. :)

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  27. Tilly Greene
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 20:24:40

    [quote]Maybe for next year I’ll host a tea myself. :)[/quote]

    Fabulous idea!

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  28. Laura Hayden
    Aug 14, 2006 @ 01:20:06

    I don’t know if you’ve received the answer, but the Hugh Jackman movie used in the awards ceremony was “Paperback Hero.” I wrote the ceremony and couldn’t find the movie via conventional means which means I ended up buying a copy off eBay. It’s a keeper.

    One of our policies this year (besides “keep it short” and “keep it funny”) was the concept that you couldn’t have too much Hugh Jackman.

    Glad you enjoyed the program.
    Laura Hayden

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  29. Jolie
    Aug 14, 2006 @ 16:13:52

    [quote comment="3025"]I don’t know if you’ve received the answer, but the Hugh Jackman movie used in the awards ceremony was “Paperback Hero.” I wrote the ceremony and couldn’t find the movie via conventional means which means I ended up buying a copy off eBay. It’s a keeper.

    One of our policies this year (besides “keep it short” and “keep it funny”) was the concept that you couldn’t have too much Hugh Jackman.[/quote]

    Thank you so much Laura! Yes, shortly after my initial post, Michele posted the movie title. I have been searching it out ever since . . .

    Loved the short, loved the funny — LOVED HUGH! You’re right, you CAN’T have too much Hugh Jackman!

    Bravo to you! It was a wonderful ceremony!

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  30. Kelly Ethan
    May 28, 2007 @ 18:26:04

    HI.
    Read your blog and had a few giggles. I was there in Hotlanta (although coming from Oz I didn’t find it that hot lol) and loved it, my first US conference and not my last!!

    As for Hugh Jackman the movie was called Paperback Hero!! And he is in Oz with Nicole Kidman filming an Australian epic. Go Aussie!!!

    Kelly Ethan

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