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STATUS: Considering I hit the floor by 9 a.m. and don’t hit my hotel room until midnight, I’m doing okay.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE by UB40

I’ve got a quick 15 minutes that I can pop online to give you an RWA rundown. For a more updated behind the scenes look, you might want to check out the Smart Bitches site. Those gals know the scoop because I obviously don’t. I sat next to Heather Osborn from Tor at the Wed. night SB party and since we hadn’t ever met in person, we didn’t know until the next day when I sat next to her at the FF&P award ceremony and we finally introduced ourselves. Note to self: it’s easier to network if you actually introduce yourself (neither one of us were wearing badges).

Big news on this end. Linnea Sinclair’s SHADES OF DARK won the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal P.R.I.S.M award for best futuristic.


I acquitted myself well with the acceptance speech on her behalf—didn’t trip on the stairs or anything.


I had the thrill of handing over my iPhone to Catherine Asaro (who was sitting next to me) so she could text her congratulations to Linnea directly. In fact, a ton of Linnea’s friends were at the table so much iPhone passing ensued. Linnea was so tickled. It was almost like being there.

This morning standing in the lobby, a sudden posse of agents, editors, and the wonderful reviewers from All About Romance gathered to dish the dirt. (or lament depending on your perspective).

It was declared that paranormal historical romance might be dead (or never really got off the ground).

Contemporary paranormal was going strong and all of us had fingers crossed that historical romance was on the rise.

We shook the magic eight ball for that. Big smile here. Off to do my three workshops that RWA, in all its wisdom, decided to schedule all on the same day back-to-back-to-back. Sigh.

I may not have a voice by 5:30 pm.


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17 Responses

  1. Fina said:

    Congrats to Linnea!

    And, wait, you were sitting next to Catherine Asaro??? So. Cool. I like how you threw that in so casually! 🙂

    Have a great rest of conference.

  2. Nonny said:

    Major grats to Linnea! 😀

    As for historical paranormal — hm. I’ve heard of a few historical paranormal authors that seem to be doing well, but as a sub-genre — yeah, it’s a toughie. Not only do you have to get the historical details right, but you have to get the paranormal worldbuilding and everything…

  3. Genella deGrey said:

    Historical readers are ravenous for anything in that genre. They’ve never faltered – they’ve just had to wait for the houses to publish more historicals. I can attest to this because 95% of the romance novels I read are historical.

  4. Aimee K. Maher said:

    I really don’t think it’s appalling for Kindle to be able to remotely remove a title. The situation in the article is the perfect example of why. Anybody can upload content to publish on Kindle. Do you want your book going out, and someone else getting the dime? It’s nice to be able to correct that without taking away the platform for self publishing.

  5. joycemocha said:

    Meanwhile, there are those of us out here who want more futuristic paranormals….yay Linnea!

  6. Gilbert J. Avila said:

    I’ve often wondered if, in a future time, when paranormal abilities are common knowledge–what will constitute a paranormal romance then? I’ve also wondered–in the 24th century, will what we now call “science fiction” be considered “mainstream?”

    I think too much…

  7. C.D. Reimer said:

    I like reading Linnea Sinclair. I just don’t like the recent covers on her science fiction paperbacks since they turn me off as a guy.

    Paranormal this, paranormal that. Is there a market for non-paranormal fiction? 🙂

  8. Mechelle Fogelsong said:

    Mr. Avila: My kids were watching the old Star Trek the other day and asked me, “Why do they keep calling their cell phones ‘communicators’?”

    Ms. Nelson: I would’ve liked to have been a fly on the wall in the lobby when that sudden posse of agents and editors appeared to dish the dirt. A tidy fly, anyway. One that doesn’t nibble on poo poo. That’s why I read agent blogs; I’m curious about the publishing industry. Tidy but curious.

  9. Eva Gale said:

    Linea was giving lesson’s on deep POV at Romance Divas while everyone was at RWA, and I can never gush enough about her awesomeness.

  10. Dara said:

    Yay for Historical Romance! Especially ones with exotic settings 🙂

    And I’m glad for “different” paranormals! I’m attempting to write a different type of paranormal (sans vampires, werewolves or fairies), although by the time it’s done, the market will be too saturated for anyone to want it.

    Oh well, I have to finish it regardless of the market!

    And of course, congrats to Linnea!