Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Mentionables: A Writers' Meeting in Review

So over the weekend I attended my local RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter meeting. I've been a member for about 5 years, though I attend meetings with sporadic attendance. This year I've vowed to be better - because really, it's both comforting and inspiring to be in the company of fellow romance writers.

So how does a meeting shape up for us? Well, we spend about the first 1/2 hour or so socializing & catching up, since most of us don't see each other, or sometimes even talk online, in between meetings. You know, who's recovering from a cold, who adopted new kittens, whose dishwasher is on the fritz...that sort of thing.

Then we discuss Old Business (this time, it was the items we donated to the Brenda Novak Auction) and New Business (Wendy Felter of Red Rose Publishing will be coming to our July meeting and taking pitches!).

Next comes the "Round Up" - who's working on what, who's submitted what, who's sold what. A lot of us are actively revising stories, or in the middle of projects, so there wasn't a lot of sales news this time around, but that's OK. I will proudly say that we have quite a prolific chapter, with a good number of our members published in various genres and with various publishers, so like I said, it's inspiring to be around :)

And finally, we wrap up with people reading 5 pages of their current WIP. This is optional, though I've always found it quite valuable (once you get past the initial awkwardness of reading your writing out loud). We go around the table and everyone gives feedback. It's interesting to hear what certain people pick up on.

Every June we go to lunch together after the meeting, so this time we enjoyed some yummy food along with some non-writing related conversation. Among the topics discussed: domestic vs. foreign cars; the pros and cons of owning an iguana; naming cats; single motherhood; and the price of tattoos. I kid you not.

Happy Monday!

8 comments:

JackieW said...

Hope you are having a great day today...I am....it's my birthday....yeah. I always came away with some good info when I went to work meetings or conferences altho some of my fellow workers dreaded them. It's always good to get another person's perspective on things.
JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

joye said...

I am curious to know who has an iguana and what would be the pros for owning such an animal. Me, I am a dog person-specifically a Jack Russell terrier.
I enjoy reading your books. I still remember the one with the soaps and scripture on them
JWISley(at)aol(dot)com

Di said...

I've always like it when a group meeting has a structure, but also time to get to know & catch up with others. I'm curious if the authors pick their pages to read based on either a) they aren't happy with them & look for suggestions or b) they are happy with them & are looking for confirmation.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Allie Boniface said...

Happy birthday, JackieW! Thanks for stopping by :)

Joye, one of our members' neighbors had one when her kids were growing up and the whole neighborhood was fascinated by it.

Di, I think most often it's somewhere inbetween, like "here's where I am, I think it needs some help, can you guys give me some feedback or direction?" Of course sometimes we like parts that we write a lot more than others!

Rana Adams said...

Allie, I am "new to you" reader and am looking forward to reading your first novel.

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to your book.

Charlene
gmgypsiesf1@aol.com

GladysMP said...

I attended conventions in the past and always had a blast. Alas, I haven't made one in the last couple of years and I miss them. They are a good place to make new friends.

Allie Boniface said...

Welcome to my blog, Rana and Charlene! Thanks for stopping by :) Gladys, you are so right about meeting new people at conferences. It's refreshing.