Once we arrived at our hotel, every attendee had to get used to the Jetson's-like elevators at the Marriott Marquis. The glass elevators were operated by a keypad outside, telling you which elevator to take to your floor. Then, you were blasted skyward as teh atrium below shrunk to Lego-scale. Usually. There were a few times the sheer number of romance authors trying to get to their room to drop off books frightened the system into confusion.
Wednesday found authors attending the RWA general meeting (a kind of state of the union for the romance writing community), the PAN (Published Authors) or PRO (Aspiring Authors) retreats, the Keynote Luncheon with Madeline Hunter, publisher spotlights and workshops. No, there was no way to attend it all!
|The cutest romance authors ever - Kristina McMorris, Jennie Lucas, Kate Hewitt, and Jackie Braun|
|Elle James, Jenna Bayley-Burke, Fiona Harper|
Thursday was filled with workshops and publisher spotlights as well, plus the editor/agent appointments and publisher sponsored signings began. Having the opportunity to pitch your book to editors and agents is one of the big draws of going to conference, and having your favorite authors sign books to you for free is one of the bonuses! So many books were handed out many attendees opted to ship the books back home right from the hotel!
And that night anyone who's ever worked with Harlequin angled for a ticket to the fabulous Harlequin party at the Waldorf Astoria. Harlequin prides itself on throwing the best party at conference, and this year's endeavor was the best yet. A black-and-white theme, polished white dance floor, fantastic DJ, open bar, a photographer taking pictures as we entered like we were celebrities, and enough dessert choices to make the king of Candyland proud. And that was before the dancing started!
The only pause in the party was honoring the authors who've hit milestones this year - like Jackie Braun's 25th book, Joanne Rock's 50th, and 2 authors made the 100 mark! A little hint...once you hit 50, they start handing out Tiffany boxes! And of course, being in the presence of such awesomeness made us want to party all the more!
Jenna's dealing with line edits, waiting to hear back on a new story, and finishing the road trip book right now. Until it's ready, be sure to check out her latest. Private Scandal is ripe with secrets, sass, and sensational sex. Keep up with Jenna's spin on things on her website & blog