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Hello from the Romance Writers of America conference

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Written by Leigh Court

Hello from the Romance Writers of America conference 

I’m in New York City right now in the middle of the chaotic, loud, overwhelming, insanely energizing Romance Writers of America conference!  

Two thousand of my fellow romance authors are here, and 480+ of us are part of the “Readers For Life” Literacy signing tonight in the Westside Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis, with the proceeds from book sales going to literacy organizations. This year’s beneficiaries are ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Partners, and Literacy Assistance Center What an honor it is to share an autograph session with some of the biggest names in romance: Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jo Beverley, Brenda Novak, Julia Quinn and many, many others. I am signing copies of Red Sage’s anthology Secrets, Volume 31, which features my story The Disciplinarian’s Daughter. My fellow author in that anthology, Alice Gaines, is here as well! 

The days of the conference are full of writing workshops, publisher spotlights, agent pitch sessions, marketing meetings – all targeted for romance authors at every stage of their career. The nights are equally busy, spent at publisher dinners, special interest chapter parties or hanging out at the hotel bar. The networking opportunities are beyond priceless. Friendships that start here can last forever. 

The conference culminates Saturday night with the Golden Heart and RITA award ceremony, where we honor our fellow authors for their outstanding achievements. Most of us will head home on Sunday, exhausted but empowered, with sore feet but itchy fingers, motivated to get back to our keyboards to create our next love story. 

I can hardly wait!



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