To mourn being a Left Behind for the RT convention, I’ll take a look ahead to being a Left Behind for the RWA convention. After torturing myself with the recently-arrived schedule for Nationals, here are the workshops I’ll most miss not getting to attend:
It’s Not Just Sex—An Insider’s Look at Erotic Romance—Jaci Burton, Cricket Starr, and Mardi Ballou
I would give anything to be in the room to see how many ladies keel over in a dead faint when Jaci says :censor: for the first time. Out loud. At an RWA function.
Life Insurance: Writing for More Than One Publisher—Dianne Castell, Lucy Monroe, Roberta Brown and Kate Duffy
While I could never get up the courage to actually speak to her, I hope to someday get the chance to at least breathe the same air as Kate Duffy. Hearing her speak on such an interesting topic would just be gravy, really.
The Career Doctor—Irene Goodman
Irene Goodman? I’m there.
Creating the Action Adventure Heroine—Vicki Hinze and Natashya Wilson
A must-attend workshop for somebody with a Bombshell in the works, I would imagine. Someday I’ll finish mine, but out of respect for the current Bombshell authors, I’ll put it off as long as possible. Unfortunately, my finishing a manuscript for H/S seems to be some kind of signal for editors to jump ship and lines to close. Once, I accomplished both.
Writing Humor, Seriously—Laurie Brown and Lucienne Diver
I highlighted this one, then changed my mind. I think the “funny” is the most dangerous aspect of voice to start tinkering with.
Writing Harder, Faster—Jennifer LaBrecque, Rhonda Nelson, and Brenda Chin
Hell, who wouldn’t want to do that?
RWA “Idol”—Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman, and Lucia Macro
I think “cold read” workshops are fascinating. I think I’ve learned more from my well-worn type of Leslie Wainger’s cold-reading synopses workshop from NY than all my other tapes combined. How-to’s are all well and good, but an editor (or agent) just freely saying what comes into her mind during her reading is invaluable. (Apparently I didn’t learn not to start two sentences in a row with ‘I think’.)
Show Me the Money!—Brenda Hiatt
I think this one speaks for itself. I bet publishers releasing their new authors’ advances/income would cut down on their slush piles.
Revisions 102++—Jennifer Crusie
Oh, HELLO! I can barely even type at the thought of this workshop, so I can just imagine what an ass I’d make of myself if I actually attended. Jenny Crusie AND help with revisions? Hot DAYUM!
(I must pause to sob uncontrollably.)
Query Letter Critique—Kate Duffy
I’ve already mentioned my love of cold reads. Throw in Kate Duffy, and…sorry, had to sob again.
Chat with…Suzanne Brockmann
You betcha! And that includes coffee, right?
Blaze—Not the Same Old Sexy Romance—Brenda Chin and Kathryn Lye
Join the Harlequin Blaze editors to discuss the current line and upcoming changes. Changes? (I don’t have a hyperventilating smilie.)
Ten Tips for Writing a Romance That Works!—Leslie Wainger
I probably would skip this one if it wasn’t Leslie Wainger’s. Since her promotion closed down her eHQ discussion thread, I’ve missed her (semi) daily dose of straight-shooting.
I guess that’s not bad, though. When it comes time to actually buy tapes, there are probably seven I’ll get. It’ll still be cheaper than dropping a thousand dollars to attend 13 workshops, avoid a bunch of people who think I should be kicked out (or my publisher, anyway—same thing, as far as I’m concerned), eat wedding food, and die of heat exhaustion.
One of these days I’ll get to meet people in real life. (I did get to meet Kate R, though. We’ve already covered how I hid in my dark, shadowy corner. *g*)