Guess where I went last weekend? (Bet you didn’t even miss me.) I was the first writing conference I’ve gone to in years. And I have to tell you, I enjoyed it so much my tail is still wagging!
The balloons weren’t for the writers conference (there were about a thousand little girls there for a party) but they were apropos!
There was one session the night before the actual conference started that I didn’t sign up for,
but I got to eat lunch with the fabulous speaker, Jane Friedman, (she’s the woman on the left) the next day.
In case you don’t recognize the name, she used to be the publisher for Writers Digest and is now an editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review. (I would have been too intimidated to eat, but she was so nice, I chowed down!)
I met my first ever editor AND the owner/publisher of Wild Rose Press, Rhonda Penders.
Rhonda is the beautiful woman in the middle. (Don’t you love, love, love a redhead?) And she was just plain n-i-c-e! (She introduced me to one woman as one of their authors who’d been with them from the beginning. I loved that!)
Rhonda was very excited because Jodi Thomas (a big deal in the writing world) told her Wild Rose Press isn’t a SMALL press anymore. They’re making a presence in the publishing world.
I suggested she have T-Shirts made. (And, yes! I want one!!!)
Jodi Thomas is a multi-Rita winner, a RWA Hall of Fame inductee, a USA Today and NYT best selling author. In other words, she rocks!
She taught several workshops, sat in on others when she wasn’t teaching, and was more than happy to answer questions any time we saw her.
Jodi answering questions for Jennifer Matthews Adolph (aka T. D. Hart) BTW: Jennifer–I’d like a copy of her answers. 🙂
I lined up the Smart Women for a picture or two (three?) after the awards ceremony. They are gorgeous, aren’t they?
OWFI was wonderful. I plan to return next year!