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Will I See You At RWA National Conference?

Will I See You At RWA National Conference?

Or, Romance Writers Of America Are Hosting Their National Conference This July

RWA 2016


I’m thrilled to announce I will be attending the Romance Writers of America’s national conference this July! It will be a packed weekend of panels, author signings, and meeting new and old friends. I can’t wait!

If you’ll be there, too, we really must catch up.

In all my excitement, I pulled some photos of past RWA conferences. Enjoy!

RWA Flyer
My swag flyer from RWA National 2013 (Atlanta, GA).


At a bus stop during the 2006 RWA national conference (Atlanta, GA).


Anna in Atlanta
Before going downstairs at the 2013 RWA national conference (Atlanta, GA).


Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts ran out of books to sign at an RWA national conference (year forgotten) so she posed for photos with fans, instead.
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<3 Anna

I’m A Huge Danny Strong Fan

I’m A Huge Danny Strong Fan

Or, The Time I Met The Mockingjay’s Screenwriter

I have been such a fan of Danny Strong’s since he played Jonathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But knowing he’s guest starring on Girls and writing Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 makes me adore him even more.

Danny Strong 2003

I don’t usually brag, but since I’ve already started I may as well get it all out now.

At the same convention I was lucky enough to get my picture taken with James Marsters (Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

James Marters 2003 2

This is me and Nora Roberts taken at a Romance Writers of America Conference. She ran out of books to sign so she sweetly offered to take photos with the next people waiting in line.

Sometime in the late 2000's.
Sometime in the late 2000’s.

Do you have pics on your phone or maybe next to your desk taken with people you admire? Tell me about it!

<3 Anna

One Fun Summer (Georgia Edition)

One Fun Summer (Georgia Edition)

Or, A Photo Timeline Of My Summer Trip!

The RWA National Conference was in Atlanta this year, and I was lucky enough to attend. I had so much fun! In between workshops, luncheons, and impromptu chats with fellow writers I tried to absorb the mass of information available. Meta data, back matter, and SEO. I’m still processing.

Before I even left California I met two little cuties at the airport.

I’m always strangely giddy to find birds living in airports.


My room on the thirtieth floor was so comfy all I wanted to do was curl up in the bed and order room service. But the best part was the view.


Fancy dinners in the hotel didn’t exactly fit my budget so I made do with cold cereal, granola bars and hummus.

Spoon? Who needs a spoon? Rather than hike all the way back downstairs and search for plastic silverware I went all MacGyver on my cereal.
I’m getting ready to hit a workshop before Kristan Higgins’ speech and luncheon.
The best part of the conference? Free books by your favorite authors!

Since I’m writing a book about a civilization destroying virus I couldn’t wait to hear the CDC panel on infectious diseases. They did not disappoint!


There’s nothing like conference week. I look forward to it all year and leave super-charged and inspired to write. Thank you, RWA. See you next year!

Luckily, the fog over Atlanta on my last day in town didn’t delay my flight home.


<3 Anna

Top 9 Biggest Regrets From The RWA National Conference

Top 9 Biggest Regrets From The RWA National Conference

Or, The Worst Parts of RWA

9. Putting off writing during my down time because I was too tired.


8. Not going into the city and site-seeing.


7. Eating only cereal and hummus for dinner two nights in a row because I couldn’t afford the high prices of a real meal.


6. Not taking a pic with Sylvia Day when I had the chance.


5. Not telling Jude Devereaux how much her books mean to me.


4. Not going up to more people and introducing myself. Everyone was so nice!


3. Staying in my room watching Teen Wolf when I could have been at a party or a dinner or the Rita awards.


2. Sitting through a workshop that turned out to be a 60 minute selling pitch for the speaker’s $500 online course. I thought you were supposed to teach us something NOW not give us a “teaser” to the real thing. Grr.


1. Not giving my ugly business card to more people. I need a new one!


<3 Anna


Top 10 Best Moments at the RWA National Conference

Top 10 Best Moments at the RWA National Conference

Or, What I Enjoyed the Most About Atlanta
My book swag in the goody room.
My book swag in the goody room.

10. Meeting Robyn Kaye, Kristen Ashley, and Hannah Howell on the patio.

9. Listening to Jude Deveraux speak about her process.

8. Free books.

7. Learning about Save the Cat. I’m behind the curve.

6. Kristan Higgins’ luncheon speech. I cried.

5. Cathy Maxwell’s speech about starting poor. I could relate.

4. Putting my swag in the goody room for the first time.

3. Meeting really cool ladies like Jennifer Tillman and Caroline Fyffe.

2. Learning everything I ever wanted to know about metadata and backmatter.

1. Catching up to old friends from California Mary Galusha and Maria Connor.
<3 Anna
I’m Headed to Atlanta!

I’m Headed to Atlanta!

Or, Look Out RWA, Here I Come

I’ll soon be flying to Atlanta to attend the Romance Writers of America national conference, and I can’t wait! The books, the authors, the workshops, the luncheons, the swag, the new friends!

The RWA conference is one of the highlights of my year, and this is the first year I’ll be attending as a published author. So, my attitude and goals are very different. Instead of focusing on workshops about craft or characters I’ll be zeroing in on workshops about marketing, branding, and the ebook boom.

Sounds fun, right?

<3 Anna


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