Monday, July 11, 2011

RWA Pics! (finally)


Yay, I'm finally caught up on emails (and laundry)!
So now for some RWA poop:

My first night in town I met with some Liberty State Fiction Writers. We ate at Becco on 46th st. (Honestly, if I didn't want to make a good impression, I would have totally licked the plate) It was THAT good. It was so awesome getting to know authors I already knew as well as meeting new writers. So much fun!

Wednesday morning I was able to make the Samhain author breakfast (which was AWESOME) and sat down right next to head editor Heather Osborn, who I had a lovely chat with. While I was there, I saw Sourcebooks editor Leah Hultenschmidt walk in with literary agent Kristin Nelson (they must have been invited) but didn't have the nerve to say anything to them.

Yeah, I'm a weenie.
Speaking of acting like a weenie...

After breakfast, I met up with my roommate. The two of us where alone waiting for an elevator when a woman comes up and stands there with us. I'm looking at this woman, thinking, Hmm, how do I know her?

Then I look at her name tag and I see it's SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS. (um, just my all-time favorite author. No biggie) :-)

Well, she turns to us and my friend starts talking to her (TALKING TO HER!) while I say NOTHING (nothing!!!!), standing there in an upright coma.

So finally my friend turns to me with a smile and says, "Jennifer, do you know who this is?"

I'm like, "Of course, I know who this is! She's only like my favorite author ever!"

So Susan is like, "Well, next time you could show some enthusiasm." (Which totally cracked us up since I basically stared at her like a deer in headlights)

Fortunately I remembered I had my camera with me and asked for a picture, but then our elevator came. So we all got in and Susan says, "I'd like to see you try to get that picture now."

<---Not one to back down from a challenge, I snapped this picture. LOL


But then she was totally gracious and kind and allowed me to take a proper picture after we got out of the elevator. (LOVE her!!)



Wednesday night I had THREE parties set to attend.


The first one was the Avalon author party which was at Avalon Books on Madison Ave. A bunch of us authors took a cab over together.

This is me with author Carolyn Brown, author Julie Stone and on the right end, my editor Lia Brown.













My book, GEORGIE ON HIS MIND (green cover) on Avalon's shelf. --->






Julie Stone and I had such a good time, we decided to grab dinner together after the party, so I ended up blowing off my roommates and one of the parties. (sorry, ladies) Dinner was yummo and Julie's company was fun so it was worth it. :-)


But I did end up shooting over to the Harlequin Pajama Party for a tiny bit and met in person some of the authors and writing friends I've known online there. It's funny to meet authors and have them say, "I already know you. We're Facebook friends." LOL

Here I am with Harlequin Romance author (and P90x Twitter buddy) Donna Alward.


Whew! That was all the FUN bits. Well, most of them, anyway.

More to come I'm sure. :-)

24 comments:

Jen Daiker said...

Color me jealous! I love it! I had the opportunity to attend a few of her author signings in Texas but every time she was in town it was a two-three hour drive on a week day! Where are those vacation days when you need them!!!

How fun!!! I'm hoping to attend RWA in 2013 (yes I'm thinking way ahead... have to unfortunately!)

Jessica R. Patch said...

Fun. Fun. Fun. You look great!
Can't wait to hear more stories. I totally wish I could have gone. Next time! ;)

Rachael Johns said...

Sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous time :) I am totally jealous!!!

Rula Sinara said...

Great pics! LOL at your Susan Elizabeth Philips story ;) I think there tends to be a lot of deer-in-headlight moments at RWA Nationals!

Karen Walker said...

Sounds like a fabulous experience, Jennifer. The elevator story make me crack up. I am so shy in situations like that I don't even think I would have been able to snap a photo. Good for you!
Karen

scarlet wilson said...

Fab pictures Jennifer, looked as if you had a great time. I'm SO jealous!!

Carol Kilgore said...

Great seeing the photos! Glad you had fun :)

Judith Leger said...

Wow, Jennifer! Looks like you had a fantastic time!!

Maria Zannini said...

You looked like you had so much fun. But I had to laugh at your Susan Elizabeth Phillips story. I can so relate.

Mary Campbell said...

Sounds like a great time. So funny about the author in the elevator. Sometimes I'm afraid to speak to.

Suze said...

I don't think you're a weenie. :)

Laura Pauling said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a great time! :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I love your story about meeting Susan, that would totally have been me :)

nutschell said...

Oh wow it looks like you had tons of fun. A little jealous here, to be honest. :D love the pictures!
nutschell
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Diane said...

Looks like so much fun and you're looking GREAT BTW!!! :O)

Sarah Forgrave said...

Great pictures! And, um, did you really mean to say "RWA poop" in your first paragraph? Now that's a conference I'd steer clear of! :)

blueviolet said...

How exciting! What a fun whirlwind adventure for you and how cool to see your book sitting up there!

Sarita said...

I love it that you had such a great time!

Savannah Chase said...

Thank you for the pictures..It looks like you had a fantastic time...

Nancy said...

So that's what it's like when you have done all of the right things. I'm glad you had such a good time and met so many interestibg people. Good job.

Karen Lange said...

Looks and sounds like fun! Glad you had a great time! :)

Kara said...

How exciting and fun this looks! I hope to make it to another of these someday soon. And maybe I'll meet you on the elevator to take your pic!!

Sandra Cox said...

Looks like you had all sorts of fun. I'm so glad.

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