A Virgin Goes to Washington

85208926Next week I’m headed to Washington, D.C. for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Conference.

It’s been a hectic week at work, and at home trying to prepare. As you know, something always pops up, just before you go away.

Anyway, I’m excited about my trip. Since I’m a virgin to the RWA National Conference, I’m a little nervous, excited and full of hopeful, but realistic expectations.

My intent is to attend the workshops, pad and pen in hand, and absorb everything I can about how to make my work marketable, learn from the professionals who have “been there and done that,” and just enjoy myself.

A PRO retreat is being offered for those who have submitted a manuscript to a publisher or editor. I’m excited about attending these workshops specifically designed for writers who have reached this level in their aspiring career.

I have an editor and agent interview scheduled, and this will probably be the most important 20 minutes I’ve had in a long time. With both, I plan to:

• Talk a little about my project
• Listen to any and all advice they offer
• Ask questions
• Be myself and put my best foot forward.

Whew! It’s a short list with major implications.

I haven’t been to Washington, DC in a long time, so I plan to have some fun. A few friends will be there as well. It will be nice to see them and hang out.

Some of my favorite authors will be there signing books for the 2009 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, which is open to the public.

Woohoo! It almost feels like someone told me everything in the mall is free. I’m packing my suitcase with a few books for autographs.

There’s a cool tour of D.C. at night, which gives you a taste of the city in lights. Sounds very inspiring. I can’t wait.

While there, I’m attending the Passionate Ink soirée that sounds like big fun. Again, I have a chance to meet fellow romance writers, and I’ll find out where my manuscript, “Falling Again” placed in the Stroke of Midnight contest. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

I hope to have plenty of information to share.

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2 thoughts on “A Virgin Goes to Washington

  1. AF says:

    I wish you the very best of luck – go get ’em 🙂

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