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RT Convention, Reader and Writer Heaven

I'm posting from the Romantic Times Convention in Orlando, Florida, and having a blast! The parties are great, the giveaways fantastic and meeting the readers and booksellers is so much fun.

It really is amazing what can happen from chatting with people. Last year when I came to RT (I've been coming since 2007 when I was a finalist in the American Title III contest), I hadn't sold a book and had just learned something from one of the Gather final judges about a change that she thought would help me sell In Over Her Head. A friend invited me to a publisher party (with his editor's okay) and I was chatting with booksellers, taking a poll about this change the judge mentioned. So on Wednesday night, here, that same bookseller found me, said she'd been looking for me and that she'd wanted to talk to me about my book because she's seen "stuff" about it everywhere (gotta love hearing that, especially since she's in Australia). We connected, I chatted with some of her staff, and had a great time getting to know each other. They're looking forward to getting In Over Her Head and I'm looking for a great excuse to have a tax-deductible trip to Australia. Looks like I might have found it. :)


  1. Sounds like you're having lots of fun, Judi! I heard from a fellow member of the Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal RWA chapter, that my book was in the giveaways, so I was glad that even though I couldn't be there...I am there in some small way! :) Have a blast for me!!!

  2. It does sound like you're having a great time.

    How cool the change for you in status from last year to this!

    Have fun, and be good!!

  3. What??? No new pictures of Fabio?? *sigh* Well, I'm sure you had fun anyway. I mean, wow! A tax-deductible trip to Australia? It doesn't get much better than that--unless someone else pays for it!

  4. Sounds like a really good time is being had by all and by especially you! Tax deductible trip to Australia, fabulous! Congrats!

  5. Glad you're having fun, Judi. Amazing what can happen in a year, isn't it?


  6. I've been enjoying your pictures and commentary on RT. RT girl reporter, lol! I bet it did feel different being there this year.

    I noticed on your website that you had pictures of you and some of the cover model contestants. Not as cool as Fabio, but nice ones all the same.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  7. Tax deductable trip to Australia. Wow! It looks like you're having great fun there Judi. Brilliant!

  8. Terry - yours and Cheryl's were 2 of the 3 giveaways in the registration bag! I'll try to get more pictures up soon - cruddy internet in our rooms and not a lot of time for all the hours it took to upload photos. I'll get to it as soon as I can. We're halfway home. Fun, exhausting and soooooo worth it!

  9. Looking forward to seeing more of the pictures. Did you do the dress-up-in-costume thing? A mermaid tail/tale would be an attention getter.

    People always have the wildest stories to tell about RT. :-)


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