Sunday, August 17, 2008

Romance Writers of America conference

I had a great time in San Francisco at the Romance Writers of America conference! It's always fun to reconnect with friends, attend the Faith, Hope and Love mini-conference, the Rita and Golden Heart Awards ceremony and the fabulous Harlequin party!

Several authors went to lunch with Editor Melissa Endlich, head of the Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical line.

Our workshop "First Year on the Job: From the Call to Publication" Debby Giusti, Missy Tippens and I put on with Steeple Hill Senior Editor Krista Stroever went well. I dislike public speaking, but was relaxed, definitely an answer to prayer. The picture is of me, Debby and Missy at the Harlequin party.

One of the highlights of the conference was a workshop given by Blake Snyder, successful screenwriter and entertaining speaker. I got lots of valuable information but plan to buy his book Save the Cat for more.

While at conference I learned Courting Miss Adelaide received a 4 1/2 star review from "Romantic Times," the highest rating they give. I'm still thrilled and grateful!!!

I enjoyed chatting at Starbucks with Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical authors Allie Pleiter, Carla Capshaw, Laura Kingery and Winnie Griggs.

Two friends won Ritas, that lovely lady published authors would love to have sitting on their desks.

This is Helen Brenna and I with her Rita for her debut novel Treasure, Harlequin Superromance. Treasure is a terrific book!!

Inspirational Rita winner Linda Goodnight with her Steeple Hill Love Inspired book, A Touch of Grace, is surrounded by her fans and fellow writers. From left to right: Debby Giusti, Lenora Worth, Janet, Missy Tippens, Linda, Allie Pleiter, Debra Clopton, Pamela Tracy and Merrillee Whren.
After the conference my husband and I drove up the coast. More on that later.
Blessings, Janet


Tina M. Russo said...

I love to see conference photos..thanks for sharing your fun with us, Janet.

Janet Dean said...

I like them too, Tina. But I like them most when you're in them. :-)


Missy Tippens said...

Amen to that, Janet! We need to see Tina there again!!

Great photos. It was so fun to see you again. Congrats on the RT review!!


Keli Gwyn said...


I was delighted to meet you at the FH&L conference. You're every bit as classy as I expected.

I'm looking forward to your visit to Romance Writers on the Journey on September 11.

Janet Dean said...

Keli, what a sweet thing to say! I'm excited to be a guest at Romance Writers on the Journey on Sept. 11. Hope lurkers and readers alike will mark their calendar and stop in to post a comment for a copy of my debut.