Romance in the Big Apple

by Lisa Wray, Public Relations Coordinator

Last week over 2100 of romances top writers and industry professionals gathered for the  Romance Writers of America (RWA) 31st Annual Conference in New York City. Even though the RWA is one of the largest professional writers associations in the world, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer volume of over 1000 women speaking at once.

The RWA Bright Lights, Big Stories conference spanned four days and provided many events and workshops.  Although only superwoman could attend all that was being offered, I was able to stop in on a few of my most anticipated functions and here is a peak at what I saw…

Stop 1: “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing

This 400+ author signing was a sight to behold and hear. With hundreds of women meeting their favorite romance authors, one had to almost yell to be heard. I was able to catch up with Harlequin author Robyn Carr who described this event as exciting yet exhausting.

Stop 2: Book Blogger Tea

Although the Harlequin Book Blogger Tea has been going full force for a few years now, this was the first time I was able to stop by. The Harlequin Digital team did a fantastic job creating a fun and comfortable environment for bloggers to mingle. One ice-breaker was the amazing one-of-a-kind fascinators the Digital group made for all attendees (I’m the one with flowers!).

Stop 3: Harlequin author party – Back in Black & White

This was the talk of the town during RWA week and I, along with a few 600 others, was lucky enough to attend. Everyone showed up in their best black & white, a motif that continued throughout the venue décor and sweet treats.

Exhausted and feeling like I’ve been away for weeks, RWA was a fascinating experience I hope to repeat in 2012.  Hope to see you then!

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  1. Michelle Styles
    July 7, 2011 at 11:44 am
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    The fascinators were definately a hit. My 18 year old daughter stole mine (large flowers) when I returned to my room. She has been wearing it ever since!
    Apparently it goes with her curly hair…
    I did think the various parties that HQN did — the Book Blogger tea, the PJ party and of course the B&aW ball were a highlight of the trip. One of the great things about the Book Blogger tea was getting to meet people who I had corresponded with for years or who had reviews of my books.It was a great idea.

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