Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: RWA Nationals and Four Seasons Contest

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I'm partying/furiously taking notes at Romance Writers of America's national conference in Atlanta this week. Today is YA day where I get to meet Laura Bradford, and then do a workshop with the truly inspirational Margie Lawson. Tonight, the big literacy signing charity event (books, books, books, and lines, lines, lines), and THEN the Mustaches and Mayhem reader event hosted by the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog. This is all PRE-conference, ya'll. (See what being in ATL does? I now say ya'll).

Follow #RWA13 on twitter if you're interested, or follow me and see what I'm up to while at the conference.

(Or, if you are so inclined, #SDCC for San Diego Comic Con, also this week, which I will try to keep up with if I have any downtime).

image: Windy City RWA
In more RWA news, it's less than two weeks until the Windy City RWA Four Seasons Contest opens for entries!

Click Here For Details!

FYI, for all you YA writers, the final round judges for our YA category are Leah Hultenschmidt from Sourcebooks and Anita Mumm from Nelson Literary.

Each submission is read by three trained judges (meaning the judges have either judged before or have gone through our critique and scoring training) and at least one published author judge. And we have some pretty great authors in our group--just sayin'. The top scores for each category move on to a final round judged by an agent or editor.

Full disclosure: I will be judging a portion of the YA entries. Our chapter is pretty big and our YA writers are growing--I wanted to chair the category and someone else was quicker than me to volunteer!

This is a great opportunity for feedback. I entered three RWA chapter contests last year. I made revisions based on feedback for each one, and I was fortunate to win the YA contest category for one chapter.

OK, I will now step away from my RWA pedestal (in my new chunky wedge sandals) and wish you all a wonderful summer week!


  1. Have fun, be safe, and take lots of notes. Congrats on being part of the judging panel. I can't wait to read your tweets.

  2. Sounds like so much fun!! I've been following tweets for both conferences ... a big old party all around. ;)

  3. I am so jealous! Are you all worn out now? I got to meet Laura Bradford at a RWA event two years ago. I even got to sit by her at dinner = she was lovely. Glad to hear that Sarah LaPolla and her joined forces :)


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