Those of Us Left Behind

This week Romance Writers of America holds its annual conference. This year they’re in Orlando at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Over 2000 authors will descend on the conference with dozens of personal agendas to fulfill. Some are relative newbies, some have been writing and publishing for years. No matter what their level, everyone has at least a half-dozen good reasons to attend.

Literacy signingSome authors will attend workshops, others will hang out in the lobby bars with old and new friends. Publishers will hold parties for their authors. And, both the Golden Heart and RITA awards will be given out and tearfully accepted. All in all, it will be a great five days.

On Saturday, a couple of hundred authors will gather for the Readers for Life Literacy signing. Over a thousand fans of romance will filter their way through long lines of tables just for the chance to meet their favorite authors and get an autographed book (or two).

What about those of us left behind? Those that couldn’t go this year for various reasons, be it finances, health, family obligations. What are we doing to pass the time while all our friends are posting yet another round of pictures on Facebook?

23 Eye of the PharaohHopefully, we’re writing. At least that’s what I’m planning to do. In anticipation of taking part in next year’s conference, next year’s book signing, I’m working feverishly on two projects. The first is a holiday story scheduled for December release. The second is a new project for Soul Mate Publishing and a follow up to last year’s Egyptian-themed time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh.

I’ll likely take a break long enough to watch the live feed of the Golden Heart and RITA awards ceremonies. With friends to cheer on, it will almost seem like I’m there.

As someone who’s attended 20 of the 25 conferences since I joined RWA, it’s difficult to sit on the sidelines, even for one year every so often. However, while those friends, acquaintances, and publishers are baking in the hot Florida sun … I’ll be basking in the uninterrupted word count of my imagination.

For those readers out there … if you could go to the literacy signing whose autograph would you look for first?

For the authors reading this post rather than schmoozing in Orlando, what are you doing to pass the week?

Inquiring minds want to know.




About Nancy Fraser

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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8 Responses to Those of Us Left Behind

  1. Editing my next book. Going camping with my family.

    • Nancy Fraser says:

      Camping sounds like fun. I’m scheduled to drive my granddaughters to Nova Scotia for a three week stay with their grandfather (my ex). Not camping, but fun anyway!

  2. Jeri Hoag says:

    Registering my boy for his sophomore year of High School working on a first draft and editing a finished one.

    • Nancy Fraser says:

      Mom duties … gotta love them. I’m on grandma duty for the summer. Off and on. Good luck on the draft and edits.

  3. Basking in the joy of the birth of my great grandson while writing like crazy to complete my book for Soul Mate Publishing.

  4. Susan says:

    Languishing in Michigan, enjoying the company of my five-year old granddaughter and writing. I am trying to tame a chapter into submission. Also attempting to promote my new book which released last week.
    Write on!

    • Nancy Fraser says:

      Congrats on the new book. Get the whip out if necessary for that chapter. I know how testy they can be.

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