Until the May meeting, I really hadnâ€™t thought too much about the 2012 National Romance Writers of America Conference. I mean, I hadâ€¦I registered and paid for it, I looked over the list of editors and agents that would be attending checked out the workshops, made hotel arrangements, okay, Joyce and Julie made hotel arrangements and included me in them, but that counts right? (Have I mentioned to you guys that Iâ€™m the Queen of Run On Sentences? No really I am!) But, it was something I was doing later, in the future so it didnâ€™t seem real. Okay, the credit card bill was pretty real, but the event still seemed far away to me.
I wasnâ€™t even going to go. My husband, Paul, the real life hero in the romance story of my life, henceforth referred to as Hunky Hubby (itâ€™s a long story, but thatâ€™s his name now in my other blogs, so it might as well be here) was laid off in February, just before registration. He was off for several weeks and I couldnâ€™t justify spending five hundred dollars on registration, two to three hundred on a hotel room, who knows how much on foodâ€¦and possibly wine, and then whatever else comes up, because it will. I mean I still have to find a dress for the RITAâ€™s!! What is everyone else wearing please help!!
So I wasnâ€™t going to go. But, Hunky Hubby intervened. â€œThis is for your career, youâ€™re not going on a girlâ€™s weekend to Vegas, you needto do this.â€ (Ha, little does he know!) It took him a couple of weeks to convince me. Iâ€™m the one who pays the bills and manages the money and in general Iâ€™m pretty frugal. I finally broke down and registered April 9th, yes the very last day of the early registration discount.
But I wasnâ€™t excited, maybe it was the guilt, maybe just life has been so hectic. I didnâ€™t get excited until the last OCC meeting. Everyone was talking about the upcoming conference, previous conferences, sharing tips, talking about writers, editors and agents that would be there, workshops to attend and all of the books!!
Now Iâ€™m excited. Not just excited, but motivated and even a little nervous. My writing productivity has greatly increased since the meeting. Iâ€™m making lists of things I need to remember to take, Iâ€™m looking online at semi-formal dresses for RITAâ€¦seriously, what are you guys wearing??
I was told not to take my manuscript that editors and agents wonâ€™t take them there, but Hunky Hubby has decided I need to take my manuscript. In fact, heâ€™s convinced I need to take a hundred copies, so heâ€™s putting it on hundreds of little flash drives for me to carry and hand to every editor or agent that I meet, and anyone who looks like they could be an editor or agent. I on the other hand am ordering business cards to distribute instead. Donâ€™t tell Hunky Hubby.
Iâ€™m worried that Hunky Hubby and Middle Son (Middle Son is the last son living at home) will starve while Iâ€™m gone. I mean, neither cooks, well, they do grill, but they wonâ€™t even make themselves a sandwich and theyâ€™ll sit at the dining table, Hunky Hubby with a cold beer and Middle Son with a can of soda (heâ€™s 22, but Iâ€™m in denial) waiting for me to serve their dinner each evening. Or, Middle Son will pick up pizza or tacos every night, and theyâ€™ll have subway for lunch. Okay, I guess they wonâ€™t starve.
And then thereâ€™s my manuscript. Can I expand my word count enough and have it polished in time? And my pitch, I donâ€™t even want to think about my pitch, but of course, Iâ€™m constantly thinking about my pitch. OMG I HAVE TO GIVE A PITCHâ€¦.MORE THAN ONCE.
So what are you all going to wear to the RITAâ€™s? Can you please tell me so I can relax and quit worrying about the conference? Please?
Tari, What I've noticed at the RITAs is that anything goes – way dressed up, subtly dressed down. Just be your own amazing self and it will all be good. Though I totally get it – I used to be so afraid of wearing the wrong thing. But then I inadvertently did it so much, it ceased to matter! And as for the pitch, know what you want to say, but be conversational – talk about your book like it is your way awesome best friend. At least, that's what my TV writer husband tells me, and he pitches all the time.
on May 24, 2012
I'm probably going to be wearing a nice evening pantsuit to the Ritas, but seriously, don't sweat it. You don't have to dress like it's the Oscars, even though it's our version of the Oscars. LOL, there's no red carpet. (Hope I'm not trampling on too many illusions here.)
Relax and try to enjoy the conference!
on May 24, 2012
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