I always expect to have a wonderful time at Washington Romance Writers Spring Retreat, but this year was one of the best.
First came the book signing, which everyone agreed was a resounding success. Lisa Dyson and I each had a carton of books to give away, generously provided by Harlequin. We each gave away 35 books! Here we are, accidentally all color-coordinated.
After the book signing I had an hour’s consultation with Barbara Vey, a romance reader extraordinaire, writer of Publishers Weekly’s Beyond Her Book blog, which continues today on Barbara’s website. Barbara shared some of the wisdom she’s gained from her years of writing the blog, connecting with other readers and authors and industry people. She had all kinds of great ideas to improve my social media presence. Keep tabs on me and let me know how I’m doing, everyone!
We had wonderful workshops, especially Kathleen Gilles Seidel‘s setting workshop, inspirational speakers–Bella Andre, Rita Clay Estrada, and Mary Kay Andrews, and precious time talking with others who love writing. (Pictured here is Rita Clay Estrada, but the photo doesn’t do her justice. She is beautiful in person, especially when she smiles! All our speakers were lovely people. I had a chance to chat with Bella Andre who could not have been nicer. Rita made an effort to reach out to the other participants, which I greatly admired.
I also made a new friend. Janna MacGregor is shown in the Elvis photo, next to me, second from the left. She is a WHOLE LOT prettier than that (and I am not nearly as heavy as I look!!). Jan came all the way from Kansas City and we bonded over a love of writing Regency Romance.
The Retreat always closes with the Raffle Baskets. Here was one of the most coveted ones.
I know he looks real, but he was merely a life-sized cardboard figure. If you look closely you can see there was a basket associated with him.
Alas, I did not win him….
I almost forgot….I also won an award! Washington Romance Writers chose me to win the Outstanding Achievement award, given to a member to honor her body of work. It was a total surprise and I was very very moved to have been selected. The crystal has a place of honor in my home.
As I said, it was a wonderful wonderful weekend.
What plans do you have for this weekend?