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Conference time!

by Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor

One of my favorite parts of the job is traveling to conferences and getting to a chance to see in person our fabulous, fascinating authors and the many other published and unpublished romance writers across the country. At the beginning of the month, I was in Cincinnati for Lori Foster's Reader & Author Get Together and wanted to share with you some fun photos:

Hello, inspiration! C.H. Admirand & cover model Bill Freda.

Old friends: Leanna Renee Hieber, Donna MacMeans & me

An absolute riot to hang with: Sidney Ayers & Cheryl Brooks

Signing buds: Leanna Hieber, Elle James, Stephanie Julian

The ever-beautiful Judi Fennell and her--ahem!--genie

The gang's all here: me, Sidney, Jeanette Murray (of the forthcoming Semper Fi series--hot stuff!), Judi, Stephanie, C.H. & Leanna

And last Friday, uber-talented Assistant Editor Aubrey Poole (middle, seated) & I attended the Long Island Romance Writers luncheon, where we had the chance to meet a number of new writers.

In less than two weeks, it's off to RWA. Deb, Aubrey, & I are all signed up to take pitch appointments, but if you weren't able to get a slot, don't hesitate to give a quick elevator pitch--the tighter, the better. You can catch us at the Sourcebooks Spotlight on Friday at 9:45 a.m. or visit with our 35(!) attending authors, who will be giving away signed books at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

I'll also be at the following writer conferences if you want to say hello:

HWA Stoker Weekend, Long Island: June 16-19

Moonlight & Magnolias, Atlanta: Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Emerald City Writers Conference, Seattle: Oct. 28-30

And if you can't make those but still have a burning question, now's your chance. Post anything but a query in the Comment section, and I'll do my best to answer.


  1. Leah, thanks for the fun pictures from Lori's Get Together! Looks like everyone had a fabulous time. Looking forward to hanging out with the Sourcebooks team and authors at Nationals.

  2. Leah, I often get to M&M, a wonderful gathering of some of the nicest, most talented writers on the planet.... and often a much appreciated dose of Indian summer too.

  3. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at RWA! It looks like I missed a wonderful time at Lori's get together!

  4. It was great meeting you, Leah! Looking forward to RWA!
    BTW, that's me peering around Stephanie in the group pic, hiding, as usual!

  5. Leah, I'm so looking forward to meeting you in person at Nationals. I'm sorry I had to miss Lori Foster's gathering--she's one of my favorite authors. Maybe I'll make it next year.

    I do love Moonlight and Magnolias and will probably be there this year too if Grace still wants me as a roommate. We had a great time last year--or at least I did.

  6. 35 Sourcebooks authors - this is going to be fun. Can't wait to meet you, Leah! I wish I could have gone to Lori's event. Maybe next year.

  7. Leah, awesome pictures! I'm so sad I won't be attending RWA this year *sob* but I'm looking forward to seeing you at Emerald City in October!

  8. @Tracey - Can't wait to see you!

    @Grace - If you're going to M&M this year, we should definitely make plans to get together.

    @Carolyn - You'll have so much good news to share, Ms. New York Times Bestselling Author. So excited for you!

    @Cheryl - Who'd have thought you'd be the shy one? ;-)

    @Robin - It'll be great to see you!

    @Joanne - Look forward to meeting you at RWA. Our author dinner is going to rock.

    @Elisabeth - I hate that you're not coming to Nationals this year. We'll miss you!

  9. Can't wait to meet you at RWA!

  10. Hey Leah! You have great photographic skills. I usually don't look that normal. Hahaha. It was fun to meet you and I am excited for NYC in a couple weeks. :)

  11. Looks like you had a great time! I'm sorry I'll miss RWA this year but I'll see you at ECWC in October!

  12. Thanks for sharing the pictures Leah. I wish I was going to Nationals, but not this year. I've heard so many wonderful things about you, I can't wait to meet you.

  13. @Shana--same here. Can't wait to gush about the cover for LORD & LADY SPY!

    @Sidney - Ha! It's all in the funky glasses.

    @Amanda--See you in October!

    @Anita--No doubt we'll catch up at a conference soon.

  14. Thank you for sharing such great pics, Leah! Conferences are such a blast!


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