Today I’m back with a wrap up of my experience at the Romance Writers of America Conference in NY. Let me tell you, Thursday was a game changer for sure. I have a new room all to myself. The Daphne award ceremony is scheduled for that evening, as well as the pre-celebration of Death by Chocolate! I’m so excited, things are really looking up
First my friends and I are off to dinner as we are starving. Time Square has some fantastic restaurants close by, thank goodness as Brenda Davis, Nikki Weston and I were running a wee bit late at that point with all the workshops and interruptions of the day. We grabbed a delicious dinner at the Olive Garden and thanks to the staff there it was quick. But still turned into a mad rush to get ready for the Daphne’s.
So we’re off to the Daphne’s where both Brenda and I are Finalists’ wahoo! Lucky for us, in different categories’. Can I just say The Kiss of Death suspense writers group sure know to celebrate. You should have seen the table filled with chocolate decadence. You would have if I hadn’t been to nervous to think about taking a picture of the tasty desserts. But the first thing I notice walking into the room was the stage set up along one wall. I’m envisioning another possible CZ bust in the near future. But I’m still trying to convince myself, maybe only the winners in the categories’ have to get up there.
My hope is short lived when as soon as the awards ceremony start, I realize all the finalists have to get up on stage when their category comes up. Definitely another CZ bust in the making. Nerves aside, I was thrilled for Brenda when she won second in her category! Huge shout out to Brenda Davis on her triumph!
Of course, my category of single title romantic suspense is right around corner and my nerves are beginning to shoot through the roof. Believe it or not, I only tried to escape one time. Thankfully, I had Nikki and Brenda to stop me. Getting up on that stage was hard, but I did it and busted that CZ good. Maybe not forever, but for now. Good thing I stuck around because I won! As in first place wahoo! Yeah, things were definitely on the upswing!
The next day was Friday and pitch appointments with the Editors and Agents attending the conference. I managed to score one with my dream agent Nicole Resciniti from the Seymour agency. Meeting and pitching to her was a high point in the conference for me. I was thrilled and terrified all at the same time when she requested my full manuscript ‘Dark Water’.
I have to say the rough start to this conference made the rewards all that much sweeter and the rest of the conference it felt like I was walking on air. It just goes to show, when you grab your courage with both hands and bust some CZ butt, you can come out the other side, not only alive, but conquering more than you ever dreamed of.
I hope everyone is out there busting out of their personal Comfort Zone! I would love to hear some of your plans for kicking CZ butt.