A selective and impressionistic report of RomCon 2010, Denver, CO
I had a great time at Romcon. This won’t be my last romance conference, for sure.
I took home maybe 1/4 of the books given to me. They put books on the chairs at meals and events — it was pretty funny to watch people choose their seats that way — and you could often win them throughout the weekend.
I am sorry I don’t have more pictures. You can read others’ reports — * = with pictures — here:
Author Courtney Milan
Kristie(j) of Rambling son Romance, Day 1
Sonomalass , my frequent partner in crime at the con. Word to the wise: she is NOT the right choice to help you maintain self-control at a book fair. I’m just sayin’.
There will be more reports to come from others. For one thing, I am pretty sure Stacey Agdern (@NYStacey), whom it was great to meet, is writing something for Barbara Vey’s Beyond Her Book.
1. Breakfast with Kim of SOS Aloha, Anna Campbell, Jo Beverley, Cathy Maxwell, and a few others, in which everyone revealed which beloved books they don’t love. On the list? Harry Potter, Outlander and Lord of Scoundrels. And, no, I will never tell who hates what.
2. Drinks in the lounge with UF authors Carolyn “It’s not charades, really, it’s not” Crane (my awesome roomie), Jeanne Stein, and Nicole Peeler, and Tor Books editor Heather Osborn, as well as erotic romance author Monica Kaye, as we prepared a charades-type game for an event. They came up with a lot of — er — interesting ideas for any UF authors looking for new hero/ine names, although something tells me “Chunt” is not going to appeal.
4. Thoroughly and irretrievably embarrassing myself at the book signing by thanking Elizabeth Hoyt for responding to Stacey Agdern’s guest post on Jewish identity in Never Deceive a Duke. As Ms. Hoyt diplomatically pointed out, she didn’t write that book.
5. Having a lovely non-romance moment, with @Growlycub, viewing pics of her prize winning Maine coons.
6. Team Cucumber meetup, with Carolyn Jewel, Sonomalass, Carolyn Crane, Katiebabs, Meljean Brook, and Amanda McCabe. Let’s just say you can have a lot of fun with plastic mini pickles, homemade cucumber pins, an RT magazine, and free flowing California wine.
8. Stepping into an elevator with a NY times bestselling author whose work I admire who read my name tag and told me she reads this blog.
9. A late and long gab session with roomie Carolyn Crane and TGTBTU reviewer @limecello.
10. On the excellent “Meet Tor Books” panel — the best and most informative panel I hit over the weekend — author Carrie Vaughn saying she used to be a book buyer at an independent book store. She said publishers’ reps used to tell her over and over again that every new release was “the next big thing” and she’d better order them by the truckload or be sorry. The worst offender, she said, was the Scholastic rep. Having been burned too many times by him, one day in 1998 she finally said no. The book was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
11. Meeting uber blogger Sarah Wendell, who told me she read an article I wrote about, of all things, rural bioethics.
12. Saying, “I hate Highland romances” to a very nice woman on the hotel shuttle, only to realize 10 seconds later that her name was Monica McCarty.
13. Being served a gin and tonic at the hotel bar which was, in fact, comprised of gin, club soda, and sprite. “It tastes the same,” the bartender assured me. It doesn’t, I assure you.
1. Which force-of-nature Australian romance author tried to convince me to substitute an Aussie hero for a British one in the Boer War Romance I am not writing with my historian husband?
2. Which UF romance author boarded the Denver airport bus carrying a poster describing her 2nd-place-winning “perfect hero”, and mused aloud that had she only given him a second penis, he might have come in first?
3. Which historical romance author noted with wry amusement that in the same year she won the Best Long Historical Romance RITA for the same book that the AAR reader’s poll named “Worst Read” and “Most Disappointing” read?
4. Which UF romance author was a horror-movie-loving child who shocked her minister on her first day of Sunday school by answering his query as to what was on the church wall (a crucifix) with: “oh, that’s the thing you use to keep the vampires out!”?
5. Which historical romance author said, “I will write for yarn. Throw some Alpaca my way and I am all over you.”?
6. Which paranormal romance author said, “Believe it or not, I am a feminist.”?
7. Which UF romance author said, “I just don’t find zombies romantic. Maybe it’s the whole ‘falling off’ thing.”?
8. Which historical romance author said romance is not about merely happy endings, but “triumphant ones … emphasis on the ‘umph‘”?
9. Which UF author said she chose to write a half-selkie heroine because “Seals are pretty boring. They just lie around all day.”?
10. Which UF author loves Harlequin Presents, and, in fact, admitted they are what she turns to when in a romance reading slump?
11. Which multi-genre author is amazed and grateful that no reviewers have given away a key spoiler at the end of her latest book?
Authors (one is quoted more than once):
- Julia Quinn
- Jo Beverley
- Meljean Brook
- Janiene Frost
- Pamela Clare
- Elizabeth Boyle
- Anna Campbell
- Nicole Peeler
- Christine Feehan
- Jessa Slade
3. By far, the best part of the conference was just meeting and talking to other readers, especially those named in this post whom I have been interacting with online for months now — and I include some authors in that group, because I talked to them mostly as fellow readers in informal settings. I could have skipped every panel and enjoyed this weekend.
I did, of course, attend several panels and events, such as Anti-Heroes You Hate to Love, Author Fairy Godmothers to the Rescue, Readers Crown Awards, Bestill My Heart: Does your Favorite Hero’s Heart Beat?, Monsters & More Semi-Charades, Historical Authors Tea, the Blogger Oh Blogger panel, The Blogger/Reviewer Mixer, keynotes by Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, etc.. I certainly have my opinions on them, but didn’t feel like writing that kind of post for some reason. I am happy to answer any questions anyone has about those.