God, I wish I could have gone to Nationals.
Sitting in my living room with my laptop last night reading the play-by-play action at the RITA and Golden Heart 2009 ceremonies on twitter (#rwa09), I could see how amazing it would be to be in the audience. Between Anne Stuart’s Buzzkill to Bling transformation onstage—recapped by Jane at Dear Author—to Gwen Cready’s acceptance for her win in Paranormal Romance—she told the audience she began writing when her sister passed away, and left everyone in tears—to Nora Roberts and her editor, Leslie Gelbman of Putnam, walking hand-in-hand up to the stage to accept the RITA, it sounds like quite the night.
If, like me, you couldn’t make it to Nationals this year, let’s vow to get our collective acts together and head to Nashville in 2010! In the meantime, check out these links to RWA wrap-ups and tidbits:
Neith over at Romance Divas was kind enough to point me toward the mother load of RWA Nationals 2009 photos, uploaded by Emily at Scorched Sheets.
Smart Bitches’ Sarah Wendell has a list of overheard snatches of conversation at the conference (examples: “I’m pitching Leprechaun shifter romance. Just the right height for gettin’ lucky,” and “Oh, yeah, that nipple was way too big for the cover.”)
Blogging National has done a top-notch job of gathering links to various RWA attendees blogging about their experiences at the conference. I highly recommend you head on over there for the many photos and first hand narratives.
Lastly, though it was written at the start of the conference, I didn’t have a chance to post a link earlier to Michelle Buonfiglio’s blog post, “H2H, RWA and the Digital Divide: It’s All About the Shoes,” at Buns & Noodle’s (excuse me B&N.com) new blog “Heart to Heart.” Buonfiglio’s post includes some very thoughtful remarks about the current skirmish within RWA over ePub authors being excluded from competing in the RITAs.
Kind of funny to think that the RITAs don’t accept submissions of books published solely in digital format, especially when one considers that the, oh, what are those thingies called again? Oh, yeah, the Pulitzer Prizes and Edward R. Murrow Awards both accept submissions of digital content.
True, with the changes to the RITA rules instituted during Nationals, the above is technically out-of-date. ePubs will be allowed in for 2010, but only if the ePublisher can: 1) be approved by September, 2) provide six perfect bound copies of each eBook on paper, and 3) the big publishers haven’t already nabbed all the available spots by the time 1) and 2) have been accomplished.
Don’t forget to scroll down to the comments section of Buonfiglio’s post, where the discussion continues with updates about the RWA hot sheet.