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I’m leaving in June
I’m going to be a part of it
New York, New York!

(my apologies to Fred Ebb, the lyricist of the original New York, New York song)

I just registered for the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in New York this June. It’s the first conference I’ve been to in a couple years, the first Nationals since 2007.  For those non-romance writers who are unfamiliar with the conference, this is the conference to attend. Approximately 2,000 romance writers, editors, agents and other industry professionals spend four days mixing and mingling, culminating in the RITA awards dinner — the romance industry’s version of the Oscars. (Not that I’m anywhere near the running for one of those.)  Glitz, glamour, schmoozing. Anxiety over pitch sessions to editors or agents followed by mimosas as a reward.

Gizmo Guy will be going with me this time. He’s been talking about this trip for two years since he discovered it would be held in New York. He used to work a lot in the Big Apple and has wanted to show me around for at least 15 years but I’d never managed to get there.  So we’ve booked a couple days before and a day after to give us time to explore, just the two of us.

So if you’re in the New York area sometime between June 26th and July 2nd, give me a holler and we can see if we can hook up. Or if you have a favorite deli or place to visit in the city, let me know.  I’m already excited!

If I can make it there…

2 thoughts on “If I can make it there…

  • January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Was really debating this one since I'm usually in NYC a couple or more times a week and this won't be either a getaway or much vacation for me. But now that I'm signed up I'm getting all excited.

    I think you'll be in for a treat, seeing the sites. Be sure and check out the fireworks on the 4th!

  • January 19, 2011 at 6:14 am


    We'll be leaving town (most probably) on the 2nd so we'll miss the fireworks, though we are considering taking a leisurely drive out of NY after and meandering our way back through the States so we may catch them somewhere else. Depends on how nuts things get — you guys do the 4th big time! (and we'll of course be missing our July 1st celebrations)

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