Living Vicariously for RWA11 (Blog Post One)

RWA11 Tweets for us to live vicariously

For some of us, the “Ah, someday…” dream refers to more than landing a great agent or *gasp* seeing our names on a published work.

For some of us, “Ah, someday…” refers to attending the Romance Writers of America® Annual Conference. Whether our reasons for missing out are family, financial, or just fear, the dream of attending this conference of conferences remains just that… a dream.

So to all those like me who are unable to attend, I invite you to live vicariously through your twitter newsfeed with me for the next week or so. There are already at least two hashtags going,of course there’s#RWA11 which is the obvious, and there’s also #RWASurvivalTip . Watch out for this last one though, these writers can get punchy!

To make the vicarious life a bit easier, I’ve decided to do a few blog posts while the romance twitterati is away living it up in New York City. Here’s a sample of what the hashtags have brought to my newsfeed over these days of preparation and anticipation.

Monday, June 20, 2011

andrewtshaffer Andrew Shaffer

Look for my pink crocs at #RWA11. RT @sbuchbinder#RWASurvivalTip Comfortable shoes.

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

I can’t possibly need all these clothes I’m packing for #RWA11 0.o

romancewriters RWA

RT @DonnaAlward: #RWASurvivalTip @romancewriters Smile, say hello, and ask “What do you write?” 99% of people will be fabulous. #RWA11

JulianaGray Juliana Gray

I may be mixing with romance insiders @ladyjanessalon Monday night. They’ll never know it’s me. bit.ly/lytUJH #RWA11 #clandestine

KeriStevens Keri Stevens

I admit to a quiet sob of relief when @LouisaEdwards absolved me of bringing statement necklaces to #RWA11 #UnpackThat

amyatwell amyatwell

Please share! RT @romancewriters has started a #RWASurvivalTip hashtag — what is your conference tip for #rwa11?

PamelaCayne Pamela Cayne

#rwa11 tip–call your credit card company and let them know you’ll be traveling to NYC. Saves possible fraud/theft freezes later–trust me!

romancewriters RWA

RT @KimberlyKincaid: Put business cards in your nametag holder– no rummaging necessary @romancewriters #RWASurvivalTip #RWA11

tarzansgrrl Jayne Hoogenberk

Authors and Community members, check your inboxes, #RWA11 @HarlequinBooks PJ Party invites have been sent…let the pj shopping begin!

RoniLoren Roni Loren

hubs has informed me he’ll be working the entire weekend. So much for my prep days to run kid-free errands before #RWA11

romancewriters RWA

RT @JessicaScott09: No matter how tempted you may be, do not lug a copy of your manuscript for agent/editor request. #RWASurvivalTip #rwa11

ChristinaDodd Christina Dodd

RT @ElizBoyle#RWA11 advice and I’m taking questions.http://bit.ly/ivfhat Comment to win a writer’s work in progress prize.

manda903 Amanda Twentyfive

More people joining us for drinks on Wed night at #rwa11. Yay! @camrynrhys @thedaisyharris @miranda_baker @laurakayeauthor @monicakaye

KeriStevens Keri Stevens

@manda903 Where is this drinking happening? I’m skilled at this. #rwa11

manda903 Amanda Twentyfive

@KeriStevens PLEASE join us! We’d love to have you! 9:30pm on Wed night. Meeting in the lobby area. #rwa11

KeriStevens Keri Stevens

@manda903 This isn’t one of those awful dreams where I show up in the lobby naked and you all laugh at me, is it? #rwa11

@manda903Amanda Twentyfive

@KeriStevens Well, to avoid that fate I’d suggest wearing clothing down to the lobby. I’ll be wearing a corset… #rwa11

KeriStevens Keri Stevens

@manda903 Seriously afraid I’ll pack all the necessary shoes and forget clothes to go with them. #rwa11

manda903 Amanda Twentyfive

@KeriStevens Just have Dr. Stevens check your suitcase before you leave. You’ll be fine. 🙂 #rwa11

KeriStevens Keri Stevens

@manda903 ROFL you know him so well.

RoniLoren Roni Loren

My #rwasurvivaltip for #RWA11 Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make at Conferences http://bit.ly/gTC0yr

JamieLynn831 Jamie Murawski

@vickydreiling I am going to apologize now for begging and pleading for Will’s story next week at #RWA11

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

andrewtshaffer Andrew Shaffer

On the first day, find the biggest name author you can and tell her to her face that you’ve never heard of her. #RWASurvivalTip #RWA11

andrewtshaffer Andrew Shaffer

#RWA11 isn’t a popularity contest. Which makes it all the easier to win… #RWASurvivalTip

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

Eye contact could be perceived as a threat. When talking to people, focus on a spot above their left shoulder. #RWASurvivalTip #RWA11

LisaHendrix Lisa Hendrix

.@thedaisyharris No, silly! Focus directly on b00bs, to read name tags of ppl u know u’ve met but don’t quite recall. #RWAsurvivaltip #RWA11

rowynnecrowley a.k.a.RowynneRegnier

@thedaisyharris Myself, I prefer forehead or nose. Sometimes mouth.

Kris10Callihan Kristen Callihan

Ack! How did #rwa11 get so close? I’m not ready! I’m not ready! *running in circles like headless chicken*

Kris10Callihan Kristen Callihan

I’m looking forward to the various parties at #rwa11, just not taking the cabs to get there. #hateridingincabsbymyself

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

#RWASurvivalTip Don’t drink too much at RWA. Some authors are scary sober. Drunk they can be truly terrifying. #RWA11

RoniLoren Roni Loren

my cell phone’s contact list is quickly filling up with more writers numbers than family members. #RWA11

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

#RWASurvivalTips Leave hubby and kiddies at home. Slow motion pillow fights w/ roomies much more fun that way. #RWA11

alyslinn Alys

Now I have my suitcase for #RWA11, thanks to @afpalmer. I’m tempted to start packing right now lol.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

JamieLynn831 Jamie Murawski

Who’s going to the NAL party at #RWA11 ?

annvosspeterson annvosspeterson

Hoping shopping trip yesterday is last one before #RWA11 – At least there are plenty of stores in NYC in case I missed something!

StMartinsPress St. Martin’s Press

RT @shannon_delany: Going to #RWA11? I’ll be signing free copies of SECRETS AND SHADOWS from 3-4:30 on Thursday! #13toLife

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

#RWASurvivalTip Leave hotel every chance you get. Enjoy sunshine, fresh air, & people who don’t care if they ever get published #RWA11

katehewitt1 Kate Hewitt

@TeresaMedeiros And try to get out of Times Square too 🙂 #RWA11

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

Countdown to #RWA11! Head colored and cut. Eyebrows waxed. (You should thank me about the eyebrows. They r baaad normally.) Toenails painted!

jennifergracen Jennifer Gracen

@thedaisyharris You’ll dazzle! 🙂 Straightened my hair last wk, coloring on Sat. Mani/pedi Sun. We’ll all be too stunning for 1 room! #RWA11

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

Leaving tomorrow for NY. (Visiting family b4 #RWA11.) Iz vibrating with excitement!!

tarzansgrrl Jayne Hoogenberk

RT @MalleVallik: Harl authors don’t forget the PAN session on Friday at #RWA11. Lots of great information provided.

romancewriters RWA

RT @HarlequinBooks: Just in time for #RWA11! Ask the Editor with Leslie Wainger: Tips for Talking to Editors. http://bit.ly/jvgsXQ

Megan_Hart Megan Hart

Just in case you didn’t get the memo… – At #RWA11 I’ll be wearing the highest heels I own while I tweet… http://tumblr.com/xmu34ijx6e

heatherpvj Heather Peavey Johns

@Megan_Hart You wrote that post as if you think I won’t. But instead of cooly sipping whiskey, I’ll swig a jug of wine. (yes, I said jug)

SpamPrincess Heidi Hormel

@heatherpvj @Megan_Hart Have you mapped out the nearest alcohol purveyor? Pls., pls.!

Megan_Hart Megan Hart

@heatherpvj we shall be hot bitchez togetherrrr!

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

I can’t tell whether I’m having an allergy attack or a panic attack. #RWA11

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

On the eve of my trip to NY, am feeling punchy…and more than a little typsy. Perhaps shall pontificate on #RWA11#noIveneverbeentoRWA

Zoe_Archer Zoe Archer

@thedaisyharris My advice: do whatever the hell you want. Have fun. Be lewd. Drink. Gossip. Wear heels. Enjoy. #RWA11

SelestedeLaney Seleste deLaney

@thedaisyharris Have fun for me!

tinaburns Tina Burns

Fashion Opinion Q: I want to wear thesehttp://is.gd/x2kwzu w/ a dress like thishttp://is.gd/mWbRBr, what do you think, Yes? No?

manda903 Amanda Twentyfive

@tinaburns I say yes, & that I’m totally jealous you can wear those shoes. I have high arches – none of those types of shoes fit me.

SashaDevlin Sasha Devlin

I agree. Totes could pull that off together @manda903 @tinaburns

manda903 Amanda Twentyfive

@sashadevlin @tinaburns Going shoe shopping is a frustrating experience for me. So many cute shoes I can’t wear…

tinaburns Tina Burns

@manda903 @sashadevlin I have to have the ball of foot support if I’m going to wear heels, that’s my weak point

@manda903Amanda Twentyfive

@tinaburns @sashadevlin Are you coming to #rwa11?

SashaDevlin Sasha Devlin

Sadly, no. But there are those who would say I couldn’t be trusted in NY. Those ppl LIE! @manda903 @tinaburns

andrewtshaffer Andrew Shaffer

That’s why I’m packing my testosterone pills. RT @laurendane: realized #RWA11 is the ultimate estrogen bomb.

MonicaKaye Monica Kaye

@andrewtshaffer @laurendane Your testicles are still more likely to shrink than not.

epicblackcar epicblackcar

@andrewtshaffer You are hitting RWA?

maiseyyates Maisey Yates

@andrewtshaffer @laurendane Just embrace it. Get a mani/pedi. Call it a MANicure. #RWA11

laurendane Lauren Dane

@andrewtshaffer pffft, so much estrogen periods start early is what I mean. You’re safe to wear white though 😉

thedaisyharris Daisy Harris

Ooh-wonder what poor, unsuspecting profession shall be having convention alongside #RWA11. Shall we take bets?

andrewtshaffer Andrew Shaffer

Next year at RWA, I will hand out promotional tampons with my book’s title printed on them. #RWA11

rebekahwsm Rebekah Weatherspoon

@andrewtshaffer remind me not to ask for your handouts.

@laurendaneLauren Dane

@andrewtshaffer novelty tampons are like novelty condoms – using them seems dangerous, LOL

Thursday, June 23, 2011

CaridadPineiro Caridad Pineiro

#RWA11 $10 Coupon Ghost Walking Tours of NYC via Living Socialhttp://ht.ly/5ozlH

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

#RWASurvivalTip Editors are people too. Some are shyer than you. If pitching a project, relax & act natural. #RWA11

angelajames Angela James

Sneak peek of review panel Thurs at 4:30p #RWA11, I’ll ask this question of panel: Can you be friendly w/author & still give critical review

SarahFrantz Sarah Frantz

@angelajames ::sob:: I can’t be there! ONE panel I absolutely wanted to go to, but presenting at the same time. @SmartBitches

ros_clarke Ros Clarke

@angelajames Am pleased to say that all the author-friends I’ve given critical reviews to are still my friends!

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

#RWASurvivalTip Always put on lipstick before you leave hotel room. Even if it’s a fire drill. Even if it’s a fire. #RWA11

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

#RWASurvivalTip Never talk about author/editor/publisher in bathroom. Odds of them being in next stall: 100%. #RWA11

LynsaySands Lynsay Sands

@teresamedeiros – Well that could be fun too. Have them going for a bit then give them a hug. LOL

Kris10Callihan Kristen Callihan

Right then. Stuff to do today: get ready for #rwa11

jobourne jo bourne

#rwa11 My schedule is to the point that every time I add something, I take out a workshop I wanted to go to. I need two conferences.

@courtneymilanCourtney Milan

@jobourne I just start with not having any workshops on the schedule. It’s more efficient. #rwa11

@Bob_MayerBob Mayer

RT @NatalieCMarkey: I’m reading Writers Conference Guide FANTASTIC info 4 anyone prepping for #RWA11 Buy it!bit.ly/lde8rh Thanks!

SaraMegibow Sara Megibow

Husband made pancakes in the shape of the Statue of Liberty this morning. #RWA11 here we come!!!! 🙂

CaridadPineiro Caridad Pineiro

Countdown 2 #RWA11 To See: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 12th Ave & 46th St. http://ht.ly/4SrQh

romancewriters RWA

RT @AddisonFox: So excited for #RWA11 to start! Complete immersion in the world of writing = author heaven.

karenerickson karenerickson

I’m off to get my nails done for #RWA11. Gel manicure here I come! 😉

DonnaAlward Donna Alward

NYC! #RWA11! NYC! #RWA11! NYC! #RWA11! There. Just had to get that out. #notexcitedatall #kermitflail

MaureenAMiller Maureen A. Miller

Just got my hair cut. #RWA11 WARNING. If you see me, please try not to say, “Oh, look at the little Dutch boy.” 🙂

BetsyHorvath Betsy Horvath

@maureenamiller Did they stick a bowl on your head and cut around it? I think you’d look cute that way. Very professional.

Shirley_Wells Shirley Wells

@maureenamiller *snort* I hope someone will take pics…

kierstenkrum Kiersten Hallie Krum

Keep hearing “writers are introverts”. I do not think it means what u think it means. Or not enough ppl have met me #RWA11 #RWAsurvivaltip

@jennspillerJennifer Spiller

@kierstenkrum Not all writers are introverts. And it’s mostly just about energy. Doesn’t mean “shy” per se. #RWA11 #RWAsurvivaltip

noellepierce Noelle Pierce

.@jennspiller @kierstenkrum Great point about “introvert” not being synonymous with “shy”! And thanks for my Monday blog idea. 😀

karigregg Kari Gregg

Am I the only 1 NOT pitching a bk at #RWA11? Good lord, I can barely keep up as is. Wld like to talk to/abt other pubs tho #curious & #nosy

@jennspillerJennifer Spiller

@karigregg I”m willing to chat about my book, but it’s in revision, so not officially pitching. #RWA11 #curious #nosy

BetsyHorvath Betsy Horvath

Hey there, Real Life, can you just back off for a couple of weeks? Don’t you know I’m being freaking Cinderella here? #norespect #rwa11

@MonicaKayeMonica Kaye

My #RWA11 mission is to somehow finagle my way into sitting next to @TeresaMedeiros so we can whisper and giggle about other people.

TeresaMedeiros Teresa Medeiros

@MonicaKaye Yes! We can whisper about @christinadodd & @keristevens 🙂

@jennspillerJennifer Spiller

I have everything I need to pack for #RWA11, except underwear. *stares at room-sized laundry pile* Oh, right. There’s a machine for that.

julieinduvall Julie Benjamin

@jennspiller I just bought more. Don’t tell anyone.#RWA11

ChristyLockhart Christy Lockhart

@jennspiller A wh….at? I thought no undies meant you needed to shop! A machine? A machine???

DorothyStJames Dorothy St. James

Anyone else not going to #RWA11 and now wishing she was? #amwriting

And as that tweet was less than an hour ago, it’s as good a place as any to stop for now. Besides, the next tweet is from a manicure salon using the hashtag as a shameless plug.

The RWA living-vicariously-via-twitter drinking game! Er… even though I don’t really drink that much, and this will probably refer to sweet tea in my case.

Mentions of:

  • Corsets (Double if tweeter is wearing one.)
  • Alcohol/Drinking (Double if the word “drunk” is used.)
  • Manicures and/or Pedicures (Double if they imply it is a necessity.)
  • Pillow fights (double if they name names)
  • Shoes (double if the tweet mentions pain and/or regret)
  • Onomatopoeia such as *squee!* (Double if they use caps)
  • Estrogen (Double if they also mention testosterone in the same tweet)
  • Newbies making mistakes (Double if they corner someone in an elevator. Triple if blood is shed.)
  • Asking if someone is attending all or part (Extra shot for everyone who replies “no”)
  • Self-deprecating humor (Double if it’s about hair.)
  • Tweets that are no more than shameless plugs. (Double if they admit it.)

Scoresheet for This Post: (Go ahead, check my math. Pretty sure I missed a few somewhere, or counted a shoe tweet twice :))

  • Corsets…………………………………………………………………………………………2
  • Alcohol/Drinking………………………………………………………………………….6
  • Manicures and/or Pedicures………………………………………………………..3
  • Pillow fights………………………………………………………………………………….1
  • Shoes……………………………………………………………………………………………6
  • Onomatopoeia………………………………………………………………………………1
  • Estrogen……………………………………………………………………………………….3
  • Newbie Mistakes………………………………………………………………………….NA
  • Asking if someone is attending all or part …………………………………….3
  • Self-deprecating humor………………………………………………………………..1
  • Shameless plugs……………………………………………………………………………3
  • Total shots for this particular post………………………………………………..29

The shortlink for this post is http://wp.me/p1qnT4-d0. If you see yourself mentioned here and you’d like me to insert a link to your site, I’d be more than happy to oblige! Just leave a comment and I’ll get to it ASAP.

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About AmyBeth Inverness

A writer by birth, a redhead by choice.
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