Saturday I was treated to a luncheon by the delightful women of the MCRW (Music City Romance Writers) in Franklin, TN. I was invited by Ramona Richards (who I met at RT 2 years ago) after she read that I’d be in town. Then Jody Wallace saw a Twitter I posted about my visit to Tennessee and also contacted me (see how valuable Twitter is). We were joined by other members Marie-Nicole Ryan, Haley Elizabeth Garwood. Juanita Socha, Kim Law, Monica McCabe, Lara Hansen, Rae Ann Parker, Angela Britnell, Cherie Denis, Amanda Gillespie, Gretchen Stull, and Becky Harter were all on hand while we held a lively discussion on websites, publishers, getting slotted in genres and branding.
A wonderful surprise was meeting Cherie who lived in my hometown of South Milwaukee, WI for 30 years before moving to TN 10 years ago. We were probably in our little library together at some point and never knew it. Small world indeed.
I also was treated to an impromtu historical tour of Franklin by Jenece, whose great-grandfather fought in the Civil War and died in the Battle of Franklin, one of the bloodiest battles of the war. We saw the Carnton Plantation, battlegrounds, and Carter House. Jenece (who used to be a tour guide) was a font of information with chilling stories of the horrors of the war, along with the heroic efforts of the citizens of Franklin. I hope to have the time to learn more while I’m here.
In other news, from author Edie Ramer: The 3rd round of Dorchester Publishing’s American Title V contest starts Monday. This month’s entries are story summaries, and they’ll be on the Romantic Times website. Two finalists will be eliminated this round. (The site should be posted at 9 a.m.)
From PW: PW is seeking nominations for our 16th annual awards for Bookseller of the Year and Rep of the Year. This year’s award winners will be profiled in Publishers Weekly‘s April 27 BookExpo America preview issue and will be honored in New York during the BEA convention. (Start nominating…I know you all know people who should win this!)
From Schwartz Bookstore (Independent Family Owned): We believe there is wisdom in knowing the appropriate time to say farewell. After 82 years of bookselling, it is with immense sadness that we announce the closing of Milwaukee’s own independent Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. Our doors will be permanently shut as of Tuesday, March 31st, 2009. (Another victim of the sagging economy)
From the Mystery Writers of America: Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2008. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 63rd Gala Banquet, April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. (You can see the list of nominees here.)
Bottom Line: "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.