Jul 4 2011 6:39pm

2011 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference Roundup

Gena Showalter and Kresley ColeIf you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that Team H&H attended the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference this past week (June 28-July 1, 2011). Below is a roundup of our coverage on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the conference.

On Twitter we posted up-to-the-minute updates (and sometimes even photos—apologies for the iPhone-quality in advance!) on author sightings, word on upcoming releases and hot trends, and more, and we published a photo album on Facebook.

Sherrilyn KenyonTuesday afternoon, as attendees arrived in NYC for the conference, we at Team H&H had the chance to meet a few of our lovely bloggers (yay!). Conversation ranged from Game of Thrones and Breaking Dawn to fashion faux pas and sightseeing agendas, and we like to think a good time was had by all. (There may or may not have been cheesecake involved, so...yeah. We weren’t taking any chances!)

Afterward, a few of us attended the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing and spotted several authors, including Sherrilyn Kenyon, Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, Sharon Sala, Mary Kay Andrews, Brenda Jackson, Vicki Pettersson, Megan Hart, Meg Cabot, and so many other fabulous authors. It was pretty insane in there.

Team H&H Met up with Lisa Kleypas and Jayne Ann Krentz at the Berkley PartyWednesday, we saw Team H&H at the Avon Spotlight, Carina Press Spotlight, Harlequin Tea, and Berkley party. We shared what we learned at each of these, including info on upcoming releases and what the house in general or the editors, specifically, were looking for in manuscript submissions.

Thursday we covered book signings for Avon and St. Martin’s Press, Spotlights on Harlequin Series and Single Titles, and a panel on “Making Theme Work for You” with scholar Sarah Frantz and New York Times best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann.

And finally, on Friday, the last day of the conference, we tweeted highlights from spotlight presentations by Sourcebooks, St. Martin’s Press, Pocket, and Tor; we attended book signing for Pocket (and reported back with an adorable pic of Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, who’d apparently found their way back to the hotel thanks to a “romantic,” as they joked, carriage ride the night before) ; and meganf and lizmaverick presented a social media workshop.

Brenda JacksonThat evening, meganf attended the 2011 RITA Awards ceremony, after which the con was officially over for us.

For more details on the spotlights (including those updates on upcoming releases and the info the editors gave about what they’re looking for), visit @heroesnhearts on Twitter for our tweets over the past few days. For more pictures from the conference, check out the Heroes and Heartbreakers Facebook page.

Did you follow RWA11? Were you there? What did you think of the coverage? Anything you’d want to see more/less of next year?

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