Next week I’m off to RWA, the Romance Writers of America’s annual national conference. I will be giving several workshops (as Jennifer Ashley; one on writing a series), plus will be signing my romances at the big book signing on Wed, 23rd. The signing is from 5:30-7:30, open to the public, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in downtown San Antonio (on the Riverwalk). All proceeds are donated to charitable organization supporting literacy.
While this conference focuses on romance, it encompasses authors of all genres. I’ll be meeting with my editors, publicist, and reps from the bookstores to discuss what’s coming up, the industry, and probably our favorite restaurants, because that’s the way conversations usually go with me. I’ll be teaching and learning, and talking nonstop for days.
This puts me slightly behind my writing schedule–conferences always do, which is why I attend only a few each year. However, my books are moving forward, and I’m still planning an August or early September release for the next Capt Lacey (Murder in Grosvenor Square). I have to finish up a paranormal romance and turn it in before I can devote a large chunk of writing time to Grosvenor Square, but I already have a lot done.
Once I have a draft of Grosvenor Square finished, I will set up pre-orders. I’ll better know an exact release date when the draft is done. Revising, editing, and proofreading take a finite time; writing a novel does not (I don’t care what the most efficient author says; things can knock you out of play very easily).
If you will be in the San Antonio area next week, stop by the signing and say hi. The signing coordinators will not let you bring books with you–all books have to be bought at that signing; and I will only have two of my latest romances to sell–but I’m happy to sign things in the halls, in corners, at the bar, in Starbucks…. If you buy me a green iced tea at Starbucks, even better!