Don't forget, newsletter subscribers are getting a sneak peek at chapter one! (And updates about new releases, sales, and bonus material after that. I dislike a cluttered inbox as much as the next guy.)
RT17 was a blast, y'all. But holy crap, does my introverted little heart need a few days to recover. Alas, the world marches on.
SO! Wolf Summer and Mated are out in TWO WEEKS! That high-pitched squealing sound is me being ridiculously excited to share these two goons with you.
AND! If you want a sneak peek at the first chapter of Wolf Summer, I'm sending it to newsletter subscribers next week. You know the drill:
The newsletter will only be for updates about new and upcoming releases, sales, and perhaps some bonus material. I promise I won't clutter your inbox.
I'm heading to Atlanta for the RT Booklovers' Convention and I'm...having dreams (nightmares?) about forgetting to pack until after I'm supposed to be at the airport bus. But I'm so excited!
I'll be checking in on instagram, twitter, and facebook with updates from the convention and ways to find me to grab some swag. Officially, you can come see at the FAN-Tastic Day Party, sponsored by Dreamspinner Press. The event runs from 6-7:30, I'll be there starting 6:45. There will be a metric TON of authors there, from big names to small, with all kinds of goodies in an informal, meet and greet setting. Should be fun!
In book news, the Mated anthology got a five-star review from Night Owl Reviews, who named it a Top Pick! Only three more weeks until release day for both Mated and Wolf Summer!
See you on the other side of #RT17, y'all!
Now that I'm semi-functional again after the NECRWA conference, I'm getting ready to head off to the RT Booklovers' Convention in a couple of weeks and plotting a super sekrit event that you will hopefully hear about soon. Stay tuned, y'all.
I genuinely cannot believe that in barely over a month, I will be a published author. My words will be out there, for public consumption. That is...wild. I took this leap of trying to get published, and it...happened. And the more I know about how publishing works, I'm both in awe of my dumb-ass luck and aware of the privileged position I started from. It's complicated.
Right now, I'm excited to share Sam and Callie with people. I can only hope that readers will love them like I did. (But come May 22, if you see me stalking reader reviews, SLAP MY COMPUTER OUT OF MY HANDS. I don't care if they're all glowing, I don't need to know. And they won't all be glowing. You can't please everyone. One person's one-star review is another person's "sprained my finger one-clicking." See, I'm muttering platitudes already.)
If I am this tired after being at the NECRWA conference, I can only imagine how much coffee the conference committee must be running on right now. Post-con crash is real. My brain is too full, my dealing with large numbers of people stores are depleted, and all I want to do is hibernate and think about writing. I'm pretty sure this means it was a great conference.
Some thoughts, in no particular order.
Volunteer. Seriously. If it's your first time, it will give you a structured, fairly low-pressure way to meet people and something to do. Even if you're not officially on the schedule to volunteer, if you feel like you're awkwardly standing around waiting for the next event to start, ask if they need help setting up. Easy!
Also if you're a newbie, and it's offered, go to the conference newbies session. You'll meet other people who don't know what the hell they're doing. Instant conference buddies. (And if your newbies session is organized by certain members of NECRWA who shall remain nameless, they might offer you booze at noon. For social lubrication purposes, obviously.)
Your TBR pile is about to get even more out of control than it already is.
Choosing workshops to attend is hard. It's also perfectly acceptable to skip and go write/hide/recharge somewhere if that particular time slot doesn't have any sessions that speak to you. It's also okay to stalk the room and make a choice based on who's already there.
Also, might as well keep your schedule handy, because you will forget when and where things are ten seconds after you looked at it the last time. (Or the app, if you're at one of the big cons.)
If you're doing agent/editor pitches, they're fucking nerve-wracking, but also not. I will admit to shaking like a leaf when I sat down the first time, but it was totally okay. It's a conversation. Be prepared with a short statement about your book, and then let them ask questions. Do your homework, too. Don't sign up for an appointment with someone who doesn't represent or publish what you write. If the conference has an agent/editor panel ahead of the appointments, GO TO IT. You'll find out a lot more about what people are looking for than what they've said in their bios, on their websites, etc. If you think someone's really not the right agent/editor for you, it's okay to cancel the appointment, someone else will snap up that timeslot.
You're allowed to fangirl. If you're at a romance con, you're probably surrounded by other fangirls. Even your favorite authors have heroes.
Take notes. Your head will be spinning. By dinner Saturday night, I couldn't even remember what sessions I had been to, let alone what was said. Write shit down.
If someone is presenting a workshop based on a book they've written, and you've read that book, it's still worth it to go. You might get new information. You might get to see Emily Nagoski pretending to be a rat. Win-win. (Seriously, go see Emily Nagoski if you have the chance. She's also pretty awesome as her alter-ego, Emily Foster.)
Master classes/longer sessions are worth it. You have a little more breathing room to process the ideas as they're presented. My notes from Molly O'Keefe's master class are full of asides to myself about my characters.
If you have a chance to go to a workshop with Damon Suede, RUN, do not walk. Even if it doesn't work for you, he is so fucking funny and smart. I can promise you'll be entertained, at the very least. Do it.
Finally, shameless plug for my local chapter, 'cause they just announced next year's speaker/master class line-up. Yeah, that's right. Beverly Jenkins Master Class. Sarina Bowen and Skye Warren for lunch and dinner.
And one more shameless plug for me. Wolf Summer is out in SIX WEEKS, people!