Monday, July 6, 2009

Hey, I'm Working Here!

In one week I'll be on a plane, on my way to Washington D.C. for the annual RWA conference. This will be my fifth time attending, but that doesn't mean I'm immune to nerves and excitement-induced jitters. I will say though that this year is proving to be much more sedate than last year. Why? Because this time last year I was sweating over the fact that I only had one confirmed romance author for my library's literary event. Which meant that I spent a lot of time at RWA in San Francisco passing out my business card, giving my "sales pitch" and trying not to look too desperate. It all worked out in the end, and thankfully the trip helped me net two more authors.

D.C. should be much more "relaxing," at least in terms of Wendy Doing Her Librarian Thang. Why? I broke a land-speed record in securing three authors for the romance panel for my library's fourth annual literary event in April 2010.














Once again, I've outdone myself. See how modest I am? My only goal in securing the romance fiction panel is that I get authors who all write "different." Which means every year I shoot for historical, contemporary and paranormal representatives. I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep this up indefinitely, but so far this is the third time I've managed to pull it off.

As for the mystery panels I'm supposed to be working on? Well, they're almost done. I really only need to secure one more author, which I'm thinking will have to wait until after I get back from vacation. Still, it's all shaping up quite nicely.

11 comments:

Victoria Janssen said...

If we run into one another, I will ask you for more category recs, as I've liked your recs so far.

Tessa Dare said...

So excited about the panel! Hope I run into you in DC.

Kristie (J) said...

Ahhh - now you can sit back and enjoy the conference without having to worry about finding authors. And of course look forward to fun with your room mates. That`s a big plus to look forward to - heh heh heh heh heh

Wendy said...

Victoria: Well that was nice to hear, because I was beginning to think I was losing my touch. Ha! I think you've gotten all the recent recs. Will have to jog my memory for "older" stuff before D.C.

Tessa: I know, I'm excited too! I know it's going to be a fabulous panel. And I'm planning to stop by and say hello at the Lit. Signing!

Kristie: You know I always love hanging with my roommates....and having long discussions on why the soul mates theme is E-V-I-L.

~ames~ said...

Good job Wendy! And great authors to boot. :P

michellewillingham said...

Hope to see you at the Literacy signing! :)

Wendy said...

Ames: There are several really great RWA chapters here in So. Cal. So I have lots of choices when it comes to begging :)

Michelle: I'll definitely stop by to see you. And awesome cover for the new book! Very sexy!

AnimeJune said...

I hope to see you at RWA if I'm not totally overwhelmed (this'll be my first). I'm definitely going to the Literacy Autographing. I'm strongly considering applying for a Masters in Library and Information Sciences this year, so it'd be nice to ask questions of a librarian who loves romance as much as I do. :)

catie james said...

Wendy: Romance Reader. Super Librarian. Miracle Worker. :)

nath said...

Good job Wendy :) It's fun when you can just relaxed and focus on the trip and the fun you're going to have and not think about work :D

I hope you enjoy the trip... you're so lucky, you're 5th time!!!:D I'm so jealous!

Wendy said...

AnimeJune: Yes, yes - feel free to pepper me with questions. If we don't have time to chat at RWA about it - just drop me an e-mail.

Catie: Ha!

Nath: Last year was definitely more "work" than usual. This year? Not so much. The trick will be keeping my dance card in order. My schedule is starting to fill up a bit now....