Monday, October 12th, 2009
Emerald City Writers Conference


I spent most of the last three days at the 2009 Emerald City Writers Conference. This is a local writers’ conference held annually by the Greater Seattle chapter of the Romance Writers of America and I’m glad it’s local to me as I can actually make it to the conference with a good amount of certainty.

This year, I was only able to go to a few of the workshops but I really enjoyed those I managed to make it to. The offerings ranged from an H&R Block tax workshop to ones on writing mechanics, finding inspiration, promotion and how to succeed in writing as a business.

The book signing was nice, especially given the economy. I didn’t have anything there to sign because my print book had just come out and I didn’t know that when it was time to sign up for it. Maybe next year. Instead I provided “minion” services for both Yasmine Galenorn and Linda Wisdom. Whenever there was a slow period, I amused myself by making bunny ears behind Yasmine’s head (Linda says they were devil horns but, hey, whatever works!).

I saw a lot of old friends, made some new ones and won a door prize (I don’t usually win anything). Next year Yasmine and I are talking about proposing two new workshops. We’ll see if they are accepted or not. :) I also plan a couple of fun baskets with things like Office.

I also rediscovered the bonding of knitting, especially among writers. On Sunday, I brought my knitting with me because I needed something to do with my hands and had given up on the possibility that I’d actually get the laptop out and do anything on it. I had quite a few people stop by to see what I was knitting and tell me what they were working on. I was really interested in the gloves Deborah Cooke was knitting and may have to find that pattern and make a pair – at least I might when I’m less intimidated by knitting fingers and the concept of a thumb gusset.

Next year the Emerald City Writers Conference is October 1-3, 2010.

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
A GLBT RWA Chapter

Reposted with permission…..

Authors of GLBT romance,

I truly believe to achieve recognition for our genre within RWA we have to be a part of the official process and take part in the organization at a professional level. A few of us within the genre have created a google group to gauge the interest in our community for support in establishing a GLBT RWA Chapter. Goals for this chapter include establishing a place to for authors of GLBT to network, learn more about what is happening in the romance industry concerning our genre, provide support and education for the authors, create a place for publishers and agents to reach the authors of this genre more easily, create workshops geared toward our writing needs, and possibly even organize writing contests at some point down the line. Thes are only a few of things we can accomplish together.

If you write GLBT romance and are interested in creating and supporting a chapter that focuses on the GLBT romance genre please consider joining the group so that the degree of interest can be assessed.

You do have to be a member of RWA to belong to a special interest RWA chapter but for now, we just want to see if there is sufficent interest to warrant the large effort of creating, manintining and promoting the chapter. Whether you belong to RWA, are thinking of joining the RWA or just want to know more about the possibilities, please consider clicking on the link below and joining us for discussion.

Laura Baumbach

It’s enough to make me consider rejoining RWA :)