As a left-behind, I’ve been disappointed in the scuttlebutt making the rounds after Nationals this year.
In years past, boards and loops were alive with the latest in industry news and gossip. Those of us who didn’t get to attend lived vicariously through those who did. Agent X says she can’t sell a western to save her life. Editor B’s looking for westerns. Five out of six editors didn’t know you’re supposed to have 25 lines per manuscipt page. Agent C wants all vamps, all the time. Editor J’s actively seeking kick-ass heroines from Des Moines. And so it goes.
Not this year. The Rita fiasco has not only dominated the romance ‘net, but naturally dragged all the previous issues back onto the table. Post-conference is usually a happy time for me, RWA-wise. Even though I’ve never gone, seeing the information flying around made me grateful for the organization as a whole, and I’ve looked forward to going in the future. This year it’s just more gloom, doom and right-wing conspiracy theories.
I can’t wait to get the CDs. Hopefully they’ll be available soon!