Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Networking at the RWA

Yesterday I promised to blog about networking at the RWA. I found this to be the most valuable part of the conference. But maybe I am just incredibly lucky?

First, was my run in with Maggie Crawford, senior editor or or director of Pocket Books. We had a wonderful chat before I even knew who she was. Turns out she was going out to dinner with my agent after the Trident cocktail party that night. She asked for my business card. And brought one of her authors over to meet me. Serendipity.

Then I shared a cab with a man who turned out to be Robert Gottlieb, Chairman of Trident. Nice guy! Serendipity.

The next morning I had a conversation with a wonderful woman who turned out to be Alexandria Kendall, publisher of Red Sage. Now, I can't see myself ever writing erotica, but still... serendipity.

I also had a chance to talk at length with Andrea Doering, Senior acquisitions editor for Revell. Very useful as I want to write inspy YA as well as my secular YA. That meeting was not so much serendipitous as it was planned... I went down to the Revell/Bethany house spotlight early to catch her. And that brings me to the silliest question asked at the conference... asked at the spotlight: "How much erotica is okay in inspirational romance?" I thought the editor from Bethany house was going to choke trying to keep the laughter back. To give the asker credit, I actually think she was looking for another word!

Now on to best T-shirt seen at the conference...mine!

So how did your networking go?


PJ Hoover said...

What a great time you had! Serendipity! I'm so happy for you. And your t-shirts rock!

Melissa Walker said...

How fun! I LOVE that t-shirt!

Marianne Mancusi said...

Haha! Very nice! I need one of those shirts. :)