If you’re not familiar with it, I’m talking about Romantic Times and the Booklovers Convention they have every year. This year’s will be held April 16-20 in Pittsburgh. Here’s a link: Romantic Times.
RT is fun! They love romance. Their sole focus is to cater to readers, writers and booksellers, and they work hard to promote women’s fiction in all its forms. Good food, elaborate theme parties and lots of networking are planned. And oh, I can’t forgot those cover models who mingle among all the females, have their pictures taken again and again, and give the convention the sizzle it’s long been known for.
This is Rafael, an Italian hearthrob and the perfect gentleman. (RT in Kansas City) Ah, definitely one of the highlights of my convention, let me tell you.
A major aspect of the convention is the workshops, all 125 of them. They’re geared to readers and writers, published and unpublished, on a wide variety of subjects about the biz.
I’m going to do a session with my pals, Kate Bridges and Jenna Kernan. The workshop is entitled, “The New Old West, Grittier and Sexier.”
I would love your input.
It’s a no-brainer that I love the Old West. It’s been part of my thinking for so long, that I tend to take for granted what appeals most to me, and cowboys have to be near the top of the list.
Our lovely guest, Mildred Colvin, blogged this past weekend about the cowboy’s charisma. Her eloquence made me sigh. Her descriptions and insight were right on.
And yet, as Kate, Jenna and I were putting our proposal together, we talked about how westerns are more than hunky cowboys. Fur trappers, scouts, outlaws, loggers–and of course the adventurous women–all made the Old West the romantic era that we know today.
Our workshop will be geared to readers just like our Petticoats & Pistols friends, so do me a big favor and pretend you’re at RT with me, will you? Imagine yourself poised at the door, ready to walk in. You see Kate, Jenna and me at the front of the room.
What are you expecting?
What would you like us to tell you about today’s western romance? (And I’d like to add an addendum here–our workshop is more about today’s western romance than the Old West itself.)
What can we present that you perhaps don’t already know?
If you’re a writer, what can we tell you about the publishing business? About writing a western?
What kind of information would you like on hand-outs?
Most important, are you going to RT? Let me know! I hope you’ll come to our session, so we can meet you! We’ll have fun cowboy promos and an um, uplifting cowboy video presentation, too.
(And don’t forget to enter our Spring Round-Up contest, too! Just click on the sidebar’s Contest link.)
Thank you for your comments!