In a few weeks, I will be at RWA’s 2011 conference. I’m really looking forward to this for a number of reasons.
What does that mean? First, if you live in the vicinity of New York, I’ll be signing books at the annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. I’m not the only one (of course)–there will be hundreds of other authors there. It’s a wonderful event, full of readers and authors and energy. The publishers donate the books, and the proceeds all go to local literacy efforts. So I’ll be there, signing copies of my print books. If you already have a copy and just want to drop by to say hi, that’s cool, too.
Second: Many people have noticed that there is nothing on the official RWA schedule about self-publishing. I don’t blame RWA for this; the call for workshops went out at a point when self-publishing was barely on the horizon. But I do think it’s a shame there’s nothing out there. So a group of us are putting together an informal breakfast meeting to chat about self-publishing. It will be at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, June 29th. The info:
We’re a little unsure whether there is a continental breakfast included in the conference price this year (I’ve heard a rumor it’s not), but if there is, then let’s meet in the breakfast area. If not, we’ll meet at Starbucks.
Feel free to spread the word to others who might be interesting in the topic. This will be a very casual discussion, nothing formal.
I’m looking forward to this.
Finally, if you’re attending the conference, I am on a panel entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Second Books,” talking about why the infamous “sophomore” book is so infamous. Also with me are Tiffany Clare, Kris Kennedy, Susan Gee Heino, and Susan Sey. I’ll be talking about Trial by Desire, a book I spent so much time on that even today, the thought of having to look at one word of it make me feel ill to my stomach. Everyone else on the panel has lovely, awesome second books, and naturally I have no idea what they will have to contribute, since obviously, boring.
Our workshop will not be recorded, mostly because we cannot talk about our second books without using profane, obscene language. This is on Wednesday, 3:15 PM, in Chelsea/Gotham.