ETA: one more- from Wired Magazine’s Geek Dad!
Top Ten Geeky Things You Don’t Know About Romance Writers, written by Corrina Lawson, reveals the inner geek of many writers at RWA:
6. They Take Their Kids on Research Trips to the Spy Museum.
New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day had her two children with her in D.C. Her ten-year-old son was so thrilled with the International Spy Museum that he not only told me how great it was inside but gave me memorized directions on how to get there.
7. Their editors Have Geeky Weddings.
A certain editor, who shall remain nameless, ended her wedding reception with a guitar hero duel. And during the weeks leading up to the duel, the husband and wife to be kept sneaking home to get in extra practice time before the big day.
From Angela James, Executive Editor at Samhain Publishing:
When Passionate Ink asked me to speak to all of you about digital publishing, I didn’t know how I could possibly do justice to the topic in five to ten minutes. Where do I begin to explain why I think readers and authors continue to seek out digital publishers? How would it be possible to convey how amazing I think digital publishing is. How excited I am to work in a part of the publishing industry that gives me the freedom to publish books that I love, to push the envelope and allow authors the ability to get books that bend genres (and body parts) in new and unique ways.
Rose Fox and Publishers Weekly on the RWA National Conference:
Around 2,000 members of the Romance Writers of America descended on Washington, D.C. this weekend for RWA’s annual conference. Despite overall economic woes, romance is selling well in both trade and mass market, and the mood was quite upbeat.
Ron Charles, recipient of the RWA Veritas Award for a blog article he wrote about his daughter reading Jill Shalvis’ Flashback:
But what surprised me was the scent of frustration that hung in the air at the conference attended by 2,000 romance professionals at the Marriott Wardman. Despite all their success, despite accounting for one out of every four books sold, despite weathering this devastating recession better than any other segment of the publishing industry, this is still a group in need of some serious self-esteem building. And that, more than all the other workshops and breakout sessions, may be the real purpose of their annual conference.
From Teresa Medeiros, responding to Ron Charles’ article:
People often ask me why I write romance. I write romance because the ever expanding boundaries of the genre allow me to express my own heartfelt beliefs in optimism, faith, honor, chivalry and the timeless power of love to provoke a happy ending. In a society gutted by cynicism, we have found the courage to stand up and proclaim that hope isn’t corny, love isn’t an antiquated fantasy, and dreams can come true for women still willing to strive for them.