I've never understood why it is so difficult to get people to volunteer. It is almost always a positive experience.
Volunteering is the way to get the most out of any conference. I helped Carol and Darcy with the chapter basket literacy raffle yesterday. We worked all day getting ready but it was worth the time. I know I got a number of selfish benefits from doing so.
1. I met people I might not come into contact with any other time during the conference.
2. I feel good about doing and being a part of something positive like the literary effort.
3. As a member I liked doing my part to help make the 2009 conference a success. It takes hundreds of volunteers to make RWA tick.
4. I gave back to an organization that has helped me.
5. I also got two free books.
My paramount first impression of the 2009 conference is that romance writers are some of the nicest people in the world. Who wouldn't want to be associated with a group like that?
On another personal note I woke at 5:15AM, left Carol's house at 6:00AM for a hour and a half commute into DC, arrive at the hotel at 7:30 and hit the ground running. I'm a member of the Heart Beats, a medical writing group and had lunch with them. Brenda Novak was my table partner. We are now best friends.(I wish.) She was wonderful and gracious. We both have sick kids so besides writing we had that to talk about. I did get to speak to Shelia Hodgens who edits for the Mills and Boon Medical line. No pitch, but I plan to see her again before the conference is over. After lunch I went up to visit with Eloisa James. She had invited us when she was our guest blogger. Very nice lady. Julia Quinn was there also. The greatest thing about both of them is that they looked and act like you and me, which means we can all be published one day.
This evening was the book signing which had over 500 authors attending. Carol, Darcy and I were sooooo busy we only got to look over the sea of people a couple of times. I did get some books signed before a few of the authors I wanted to see left. My feet hurt now.
Oh, I forgot, Nora and I had a nice little conversation also. Could she be my next best friend?
I may not have a chance to comment much today so just know I'm out learning new things in workshops, and making more best friends.
Think of me on Friday afternoon at 4:30PM. I have an appointment with an editor.