Nationals this year were in Washington, D.C. and it was, as always, a GREAT conference. It's amazing to spend time in an environment where the energy is so positive and supportive and everyone is out for success.
Sourcebooks was there in full force with myself, our publisher Dominique Raccah and our publicist Danielle Jackson.
Here are some of my highlights:
RWA UPDATED READER SURVEY
*Notable items from updated reader survey:
--the midwest and south have the highest concentrations of romance readers
--readers are feeling the impact of the economy
--they haven't stopped reading, but are borrowing/sharing more books and using the library more, but if they REALLY want a book, they'll buy it (the hook, the hook, the hook :-))
--about the same number of readers buy their romances from the large chain bookstores as buy them in the mass market retailers.
Lots of other good data that gives us all a lot to think about.If you didn't get a copy of the survey or weren't in DC, check the RWA website.
It was GREAT to see our authors and we had a wonderful, celebratory dinner together.
Our signing was mobbed until the books ran out (note for next year: bring more books!) and it's clear our authors are individually and collectively moving to the next level. We missed our authors who weren't at the conference, but encourage all to participate at their local chapter level.
We also had opportunities to meet with some exciting prospective authors who we hope by next year's conference will have joined our house!
I was delighted with my pitch appointments this year--people were pitching very skillfully, and I heard about numerous projects that have real promise (more than I was expecting--now it's all in the execution...). Whatever people are doing to train for pitching is terrific--keep it up!
SHOW ME THE MARKETING
We loved giving our spotlight and talking about what we do for authors' careers. Danielle did a great panel on web marketing with Michele Buonofiglio and Lori Foster, and it's clear that lots of good ideas were shared throughout the conference. If anyone has any questions left over after the spotlight, please let me or Danielle know!
Now I want to know: WHAT WERE YOUR 2009 RWA NATIONALS HIGHLIGHTS??
And, here's what I'm looking for! Single title romance fiction in all subgenres, 90,000 words, email submissions (synopsis and full manuscript) with:
- a heroine the reader can relate to
- a hero she can fall in love with
- a world gets created
- a HOOK I can sell the book with in 2-3 sentences