RWA Conference in Atlanta

Barbara Vey -- July 22nd, 2013
Close encounter of the best kind. Reader, Lynda, meeting 2 of her favorite authors Jill Shalvis and Kristin Higgins

Close encounter of the best kind. Reader, Lynda, meeting 2 of her favorite authors Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins

The RWA Conference in Atlanta was extremely successful according to those attending (and I totally agree).  From veterans to newbies, there was something for everyone.  I love watching the first timers when they come face to face with authors they’ve been reading and enjoying for years.  It’s something like shock, admiration, and that ultimate, “I can’t believe this is happening” moment.  One new author was sitting next to a New York Times bestselling author and chatting with her for quite a while before she realized who she was talking to.  Once the lightbulb came on, she was horrified that she didn’t recognize her immediately and then embarrassed, but ultimately the NYT author put her at ease and they all had a good laugh over it.  Really, how it anyone expected to know what every author looks like?  Thank goodness for name badges.


Many special interest groups of RWA get together during the conference and the Beau Monde group sent me a write up of their event.  According to Kristen Koster, “This past Wednesday, the Beau Monde chapter of the Romance Writers of America gathered for their annual mini conference in Atlanta. Eileen Dreyer opened the day with an entertaining speech. Morning workshops included such topics as A Hero’s Military History: Beyond Trafalgar and Waterloo, The Grand Tour, Doctor’s & Quacks in the Regency, and a panel on Historical Accuracy.

Katherine Ashe gave an inspiration lunchtime keynote before attendees enjoyed more workshops on The Regency Underworld and a tour through the thieves rookeries of London, a presentation on a young ladies repertoire in music, the Cultural Melting pot of Georgian England and a hands on workshop to learn how to play whist.

It was a full day indeed with high tea served in the afternoon, but that evening the ladies gathered for a soiree that included period dress, traditional English dances.”

Anne Barton, Valerie Bowman, Erin Knightly, Ashlyn Macnamara, and Sara Ramsey

Joysann reported on a well attended workshop. Living the Dream: How to Survive Your First Book Deal. These authors debuted in the last year or so, and they discovered how much more to authoring there is than writing a book. They made note of several things, and gave advice about others. One observation: That second book you’re writing now that the first is on its way? Plan on it taking several months longer to complete than the first did, what with edits on the first, working publicity on social media, blogs, and book signings, and the many things you didn’t have to contend with while writing the first. Sounds like a fair warning.

Even the elevators became part of the conference

I know I’m letting you know about things out of order, but there will be more coming throughout this week.  I definitely wanted to get in the names (and faces) of the Rita and Golden Heart winners today because they were shining stars at the RWA.





Bottom Line:  Congratulations to all the nominees, you are all worthy.

14 thoughts on “RWA Conference in Atlanta

  1. Mary Buckham

    Thanks for a stellar recap for those not in attendance. You’ve captured the energy and excitement and OMG emotions that make it so much more than a networking and learning experience!

  2. Stephanie Scott

    This was my first national level RWA and I’m still pretty tired from it. I attended workshops every time they were offered until Saturday afternoon when I ran out of steam. It’s a top-notch conference for all levels of writers, there really is something for everyone.

    I knew the awards ceremony was formal, but it felt like the Golden Globes! (I’d say Oscars but we were seated at tables). I was really impressed by it. Though the hotel was beautiful, for a girl with a fear of heights, I had a hard time with those balconies and bridges and glass elevators! Still had a blast though, and will plan on next year as long as I can make it.

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  4. Katy Lee of

    I was talking with my bellman on the way to check-out, and he said he wished the elevator wraps would stay. He said they brought color to the area and were great to look at while waiting. :)

  5. Dianna Love

    Love the blog, Barbara. Great conference. Congratulations to all the RITA and GH winners!!! And to all the finalists whose books had to be awesome to final. The elevator doors were the brainchild and work of Shannon Aviles “More than Publicity” group. It was a busy week and a rockin’ literacy signing.


    WOW is right! Just got to checking out you posts from RWA and did not expect to see the photo of me, with that deer in the headlights look! Yes I felt out of place at times that evening, but I think adjusted pretty well to meeting such wonderful authors. Thanks again Barb.

  7. sheila

    First, thank you Barbara for this! I did not get to attend this year and I get to live vicariously through you! I love seeing my favorite authors or learning about new authors when I read your blog!

    Next, to Lou- Really? THAT is what you got out of this entire blog? And instead of privately emailing the blogger to kindly let her know you want to try and publically humiliate her on her own blog? Wow! Your a peace of werk.
    Regardless of the grammar, people will understand the meaning and sentiment, and in a blog, that’s what really matters, in my opinion at least.

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