Monday, February 25, 2013

Things I learned at the ANWA conference


The reason I haven't updated this blog lately is not that I wanted to leave the Buy-my-new-romance-novella blog up forever. (Although you should in fact buy it because hey, it's only 99 cents. What can you find at the dollar store that's going to make you happier?)

 The ANWA conference was Thursday-Saturday and I was busy--literally--from the moment I woke up (way too early) to the moment I fell exhausted into bed (way too late). Still, it was an AWESOME conference. Here's some of the things I learned:

 1) Don't volunteer to introduce James Owen. Instead of reading his bio in the ANWA program, I went off the cuff and told people about him. I ended by saying, "And the best part about James is that even though he's a bestseller, he's still a wonderful guy!"

 Which had all sorts of connotations I didn't intend. (Apologies to my other friends who are bestsellers.) 

2) Don't volunteer to give James Owen the five-minute-til-class-is-over-sign. James has had an incredible life. He talks convincingly about the power of determination because he's overcome so much. I would like his achievements without all of that 'overcoming' he had to do beforehand. I was so engrossed during his class that I completely forgot to keep track of the time. When the people in the next room suddenly started clapping, I jumped several inches in my chair and hurriedly glanced at the clock on my laptop--which made James think the class was over. He wrapped up and still had five minutes left. It probably worked out for the best though, since so many people wanted to talk to him after class.

 3) I work with awesome ladies. A big conference doesn't happen without lots and lots of help. I was so impressed and grateful for everyone who selflessly helped.


Here we are at the protagonist ball.


 4)People who help out at conference win the Beginning of Book contests. The judging was completely blind/anonymous so there was no way anyone could have rigged the winners, but most of the people who won in the various categories of the BOB contest had also helped out at conference in some fashion. Are helpful people more talented? More dedicated to writing? Do you get extra creative blessings if you serve others? I have no idea, but I plan on using this phenomena to recruit helpers for next year's conference. (And Torsha Baker who was in charge of the AV at conference got an agent from the conference. Now don't you want to be on the conference committee?)

5) If I'm going to conduct any part of conference I need sleep beforehand. By the end of conference I was so sleep deprived I was beginning to sound and act like a drunk person. Seriously, when I introduced James for the keynote, I decided I'd better read his bio (see number 1) and I couldn't pronounce the word 'adaptation'. It took me three times to get it right. And did I mention that a film crew was there filming James's speech? I'm really hoping that none of my introduction is left in.

Here I am as Snow White who has wandered into the wrong film.

13 comments:

Tiana Smith said...

Love the costume :)

Robin said...

Looks like you had a ton of fun! Now to sleep for a week, right?

Janette Rallison said...

Yes--that's it exactly. Sleep and answer the 800 emails in my inbox.

Valerie Ipson said...

Fun times!

Jeanna Stay said...

Oooh, I want to know who all the other protagonists were too! I think I see a couple Katnisses? But who else? Looks like a lot of fun. You should move to Maryland and do it here! :)

Janette Rallison said...

Bat girl, Laura Croft,Katniss, Lincoln, Emma (from Once Upon a Time), Scheherazade . . . . and I've forgotten the others because I didn't know the books they came from.

Marsha Ward said...

Kinsey Millhone, mystery author Sue Grafton's protagonist in the alphabet mysteries, in her jogging outfit.

Janette Rallison said...

Ah yes, thanks for the clarification, Marsha.

Snow White only has one outfit, so that makes it easy.

Janette Rallison said...

Ah yes, thanks for the clarification, Marsha.

Snow White only has one outfit, so that makes it easy.

Marilyn Monroe Quotes said...

I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
Marilyn Monroe

Liz said...

I'm lovin' it! What a fun idea...! Although if you'd have been like Snow in the 'Once upon a Time' series, I'm pretty sure you'd blend in just fine! LOVE THE DRESS!

Janette Rallison said...

Liz, that's so true. I could have just put on a cute sweater and said I was from Once Upon a Time (Although really, the wicked queen gets the coolest outfits in that series.)

And Marilyn, thanks for stopping by. It's nice to know I have readers from beyond the veil . . .

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