Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Guest Post and giveaway with author Kristin Miller

I'm very excited to have my friend and talented author, Kristin Miller here today!



Kristin is president of the San Francisco RWA chapter and just got back from National. Lucky girl!

Take it away, Kristin!



What I learned from my week at 2011’s RWA National Conference

The RWA National Conference was held in New York City this year. Even though I’d been to two other conferences--one in Washington D.C. and the other in Orlando, Florida--I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be amongst the best in the business once again.

I learned a ton.

Surprisingly, most of what I learned didn’t come from sitting in on workshops. I could probably write a gazillion blog posts on what happened, who I met, where I went, etc, etc, but what I learned from the experience could easily be summed up in three points:

1- If you introduce yourself to everyone who crosses your path and kill them with kindness, fate will smile upon you. You never know when you’ll be standing in front of the president of the major publishing house you’re selling your book to. (It happened to me, it could happen to you!)

2-Success isn’t measured by the amount of pitches you schedule (0), the number of workshops you attend (1), or the pages of notes you took sitting in the publishing houses’ spotlights (2). Success is weaving your way through the mine fields of the conference with grace and confidence, learning as much as you can, from whomever you can. Success is sitting next to your favorite author at the keynote luncheon and not wetting yourself. Success is walking around the lobby with a smile on your face, being so open and willing to talk, that agents and editors start conversations with you instead of the other way around. Success is a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart that tells you the smallest victories--like having more people recognize you by face than ever before--are often times the greatest victories.

3-Writing friends are the best ones to have. Hands down. They understand how absolutely insane writers actually are. We sit in front of our computers, day after day, night after night, talking to characters in our heads. We get excited about newly discovered plot points and itch to get our fingers back on the keyboard when away too long. No one understands that world like another writer. Cultivate those relationships by sharing conference experiences. Exchange cards. Dine together. Laugh until your sides hurt. Those friendships are worth their weight in gold…or wine and chocolate. (Thank you, Lisa, for being one of those friends and having me on your site today!)

If you’ve a romance writer who’s never had the opportunity to attend an RWA National Conference, I highly suggest you do. You’ll walk away learning more about yourself than the writing business. And it’s a glorious thing.

Kristin Miller is Betty Homemaker by day and a dark and gritty paranormal romance writer by night. The first novel in her Vampires of Crimson Bay Series, Intervamption, releases from Avon Impulse July 26th:


Slade, a fallen assassin, has been given a second chance. Called back into action by his boss for an unknown task, Slade must become what he hates most: a vampire. When he awakens in a rehabilitation center for “newborn” vampires, an instant attraction ignites between him and his sexy vampire teacher, Dylan, who’s been assigned to show him the ropes. Dylan’s orderly life blew up recently, when a rogue vampire killed himself right before her eyes. Forced to question everything they’ve known, Dylan and Slade have no choice but to trust in each other, while mayhem ensues around them.

Learn more about Kristin and her work at: www.kristinmiller.net
Intervamption is available for preorder!


Amazon

Giveaway details:


Kristin is giving away 2 e-copies of her debut novel, Dark Tide Rising. Woo hoo!!


To enter:

  • You must be a follower of this blog
  • It would be awesome if you gave Kristin a follow as well. She's made of awesome :)
  • You must leave a comment with an email addy so I can reach you should you win
Winners will be drawn using a random number generator. Good luck!

This giveaway will be open the entire month of July, so comment and spread the word!

310 comments:

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Kristin Miller said...

Aww, thanks! You're made of awesome too! :)

Nicki Elson said...

Hey, double bonus---I came to check out the extravaganza & I get to see Kristin too! Sounds like the conference was so much fun. And these are great tips from an author with experience. I've yet to brave one, but I'll keep all this in mind whenever I do venture out.

Congratulations on your upcoming series. It's so cool Avon is venturing into romance novels.

Thanks for hosting the extravaganza, Lisa!

Kristin Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by, Nicki!! Great to hear from you again. I've actually been having trouble commenting on blogs lately--I comment, sign in, then have to comment again, then sign in again, and round it goes--but I've been avidly reading your blog. It's great!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I'm a new follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

I also follow Kristen's blog
(\___/)
(='.'=)
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alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

@laurathejane said...

Kristin, not only does your book sound good, but I enjoyed the post! I'd totally wet myself next to my idols, but I find having a friend, best friend actually, writing too is a huge advantage.

@laurathejane

laurathejane78 at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

I enjoyed reading your post and checking our your books. They look like something I enjoy. I will be checking them out, follow both blogs, thanks

Judy
magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

Jynnipher Olbert said...

Kristin, your book sounds amazing! @laurathejane and I (I'm the best friend) were watching twitter during the RWA National Conference wishing we were attending! What she said was completely true for me as well. I don't know how I would react to meeting authors I have read and reread. I couldn't imagine the emotions you had when you found out you were in front of the President!
Can't wait to read your book!

Mary said...

This book sounds so great! Thanks for the great giveaway. I am following you both!

Mary_Reiss @ hotmail.com

inga said...

Lisa, I think it is wonderful that you are having all your writer friends visiting your blog!

I'd love to participate on the giveaway.

I have also spread the love by tweeting! And i follow Kristin now, too.

inga(dot)kupp(at)gmail(dot)com
inga from http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com/

shadow_kohler said...

thank you so much for the giveaway! this book sounds awesome! im a gfc follower on both of your blogs. name- shadow_kohler
shadow_kohler(at)att(dot)net

JoAnna said...

Great blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC follower on both sites: beckerjo

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Robin said...

Your series looks great!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

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