Start spreading the news
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!