Journey and Return, or Honey, I’m Baaack

I have braved the winding (rail)road and crossed Time, or at least Times Square, though the hordes of dwarfs, ogres and strange gawking fairies. I have banqueted, formed alliances, met my fellows, and sat at

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The Bluestocking Belles and 2000 of their fellows converge on the Marriott

the feet of giants (well, at least of Susan Elizabeth Philips) and arrives safely home. What have I learned?

1. Romance writers are almost universally gracious and kind

2. In a world full of dizzying options for writers, I’m content with what I am doing.

3. I’m actually doing quite well considering Caroline Warfield’s books didn’t exist a year ago.

4. Quantity matters.  Book two sells book one. Book three sells one and two (I hope) and so on. SoulMate wants two books a year. Yikes!

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Your author as the Duchess of Whatnot

5. Dressing like a dowager duchess and dancing like one is a hoot.

6. Books are heavy.  Every time I turned around someone was giving me books.My suitcase held only very carefully selected books and it weighed a ton.  Or maybe a 1.5 tons.

7. Printed swag is good but will not disappear in any quantity. Bring 1/4 as much next time.

8. Creativity matters. The Belles’ Guide to a Good Time was a big hit.

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