Filed under: Uncategorized

Reflections on the RT Booklovers Convention

Friday, May 10th, 2013 • No Comments on Reflections on the RT Booklovers Convention

Last week, I was in Kansas City attending the RT Booklovers Convention. Whew! It’s taken almost another week just to get around to writing about it. My brain was full with ideas and inspiration and knowledge gleaned from this massive event. This was my first RT convention and I thought I knew what to expect from the post-con updates from previous years, but there are some things you just can’t know until you experience them. I was only there from Wednesday night until the crack of dawn Sunday, but the three full days I experienced were an amazing amalgam of informative fun. From the writerly camaraderie to the chance to meet booksellers, librarians and readers from all over (as well as go all fangirl over some of my favorite authors), it was a terrific– if exhausting– experience.

Kristina at RT

Ready to sign books at the Giant Book Fair!

I’m sure there are many, many con reports already posted, as well as the official convention news from the RT Booklovers website, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite moments of the whirlwind:

♥ Moderating my very first writing panel. Sweet and Sexy: Writing for Erotica Anthologies was a big hit with the audience because of the amazing panel. Rachel Kramer BusselChristine d’AboKate Pearce and Michelle M. Pillow shared their experiences, offered advice and told amusing anecdotes.

♥ Spending time with Rachel Kramer Bussel. It was only the third time we’ve been in the same place at the same time and it was lovely to actually be able to take a break from the running from one event to the next and actually talk to her. About writing, editing, life, babies, travel– it was really one of the highlights of RT.

♥ Meeting the incredibly talented, funny, inspiring Tiffany Reisz. She came to my panel on writing for erotica anthologies and I scored one of six spiral bound ARCs of her July release Harlequin MIRA, The Mistress!

♥ Getting to talk with librarians from all over the country. I have a soft spot for libraries (I worked in one for almost five years) and librarians and it was really special to hear them say they ordered my Cleis Press anthologies for their libraries. I also ran into a friend from my local public library!

♥  The Avon Books party. Oh my. So many books, so many authors, so much chocolate! There were multiple chocolate fountains and a array of tidbits to dip, from the familiar strawberries and brownie bites to potato chips and bacon! There was also an abundance of wine and men– several of the famed RT models were mingling with the crowd, doling out little boxes of chocolate truffles. It was quite an event! I know all of the parties at RT are pretty impressive and I enjoyed all the ones I attended, but Avon Books was a particular favorite.

♥ Meeting John Scalzi and telling him that while I don’t read science fiction (Jay does), I am a huge fan of his blog (Whatever) and the humanity he brings to his writing. He laughed, but read his blog post on his experience at the convention and I think you’ll know what I mean. He’s one of the good guys.

♥ Spotting Jude Deveraux across the Giant Book Fair (where I was also signing) on Saturday and following her to get a picture taken with her. She was one of the first romance authors I ever read. Amazing lady.

♥ Running into Lauren Dane when in the elevator after I locked myself out of my room on the last night of the convention. (I seem to do that quite often– go to get ice and forget I don’t have my key card.) I’d met her a couple of other times over the course of the week (and mentioned that I’d love to have her write a foreword for one of my Cleis Press anthologies) and she’s just so nice. I must have seemed very tired and harried, because she whipped out a copy of her new novel Lush and gave it to me. So nice!

♥ Justin, the cute, somewhat overwhelmed guy in a black T-shirt and glasses who asked me about my erotic romance anthology Best Erotic Romance 2013— including what my criteria was for selecting stories. (I said a story needed to be erotica, romantic, contemporary and realistic– real people having real sex.) From what he said, he’d heard about the Giant Book Fair and decided to come by. I don’t know what he was expecting, but clearly it was more than what he imagined. But he did buy a copy of BER 2013 and as he wandered away I kind of wished I had taken his picture with the book. He inspired a story!

Oh, and I did I mention the snow? Yes, thought it was close to 80 when I arrived Wednesday, Thursday brought a steady snowfall– the first in over 100 years, I was told.

There was so much more packed into those few days that this post would be triple the length if I wrote about all of the events, panels and people. There were intimate chats in the hotel bar, informative panels on writing and promoting, writers from all backgrounds from NYT bestselling authors to first-time novelists. And then there was the swag! Totebags filled with books and every manner of promotional item you can imagine, from lip balm to pocket mirrors. My suitcase was about 25 lbs. heavier on the return trip and I’m giving away at least half of the books I brought back– mostly to the crew at Starbucks, where I spend my writing days.

RT book swag

My haul at the RT Booklovers Convention– about 25 lbs of books and swag!

It was a chaotic, memorable experience and I’m very much looking forward to RT Booklovers Convention 2014– in New Orleans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading, Uncategorized, Writing
 

Call for Submissions: Best Erotic Romance 2014

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 • No Comments on Call for Submissions: Best Erotic Romance 2014

Best Erotic Romance 2014

Editor: Kristina Wright
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: December 2013
Submission Deadline: April 1
Payment: $100 per story and 2 copies of the book, on publication
E-mail: [email protected]

Best Erotic Romance 2014 is the third edition in the annual series featuring erotic romance fiction by some of the best authors in the industry. The first two editions were well-reviewed in Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews and I am once again looking for the very best stories in the genre for this third collection.

According to Romance Writers of America, a romance must include two key elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. In erotic romance, the sexual component is critical to the development of the romantic relationship. To get an idea of what I’m looking for, I strongly recommend reading Best Erotic Romance and Best Erotic Romance 2013.

The collection will be primarily heterosexual with a female audience in mind. However, stories may include bisexual or lesbian encounters as well as polyandrous relationships or group encounters. I have a preference for realistic stories with contemporary settings for this series, but any time period will be considered. No incest, nonconsensual sex, bestiality or underage characters, please.

Please be sure to follow all of the submission guidelines: I will consider up to two stories per author. Unpublished stories only, no simultaneous submissions. Please do not send me a story that is being considered elsewhere. The desired story length is 2,000-4,500 words. Double-space and indent the first line of each paragraph.  Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs. Include your full contact information (legal name/pseudonym, mailing address and phone number) and a bio of 50 words or less written in the third person.  Please paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file. Send your submission to [email protected] with Submission: Story Title in the subject line.  Please direct any questions to the same address. The deadline is April 1, but earlier submissions are very much appreciated.

Payment will be $100 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication.  Contributors retain the rights to their work and Cleis Press has final approval over the stories selected for the book. Authors will be notified upon approval of the manuscript from the publisher. If you have not received a response by September 1, please feel free to query me.

About the editor:

Described by The Romance Reader as “a budding force to be reckoned with,” Kristina Wright (kristinawright.com) is an author, editor and teacher. She has edited the Cleis Press anthologies Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women; Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance; Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance, Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance, Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance and the Best Erotic Romance series. She is also the author of Seduce Me Tonight from HarperCollins Mischief. Her forthcoming books for Cleis Press include XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Erotic Romance and Bedded Bliss: A Guide to Lust Ever After. Kristina’s short fiction has appeared in over one hundred print anthologies and she received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of America for her first novel Dangerous Curves.  Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines and e-zines and her articles, interviews and book reviews have appeared in dozens of publications, both in print and online.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the RWA special interest chapters, Passionate Ink and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal.  She is a book reviewer for the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (erotica-readers.com and is a regular blogger at Oh Get a Grip! (ohgetagrip.blogspot.com). She lives in Virginia with her husband and two young sons.

     

Posted by Kristina in Uncategorized
 

Things That Scare Me

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 • No Comments on Things That Scare Me

—That Mentos commercial with all the birds in it.  I like birds.  It’s the ones who seem to be organizing some sort of bird militia that freak me out.

—Women who use their cell phones in public restrooms while in a stall.  Please, for the love of God, can’t your phone call wait two minutes?  shudder

—The very real possibility that one day when my dog wakes me up at some ridiculous hour (most recently, 6:45 a.m.), I’m going to lock myself out of the house while wearing nothing but a T-shirt.

—That I’m not as smart as I think I am.

—That I’m smarter than I think I am.

—That Jeb Bush will run for President.  And win.

—That I will never fill up my iPod shuffle.  It’s only 240 songs!  Surely there are 240 songs I like enough to listen to again and again!

—Men who wear baseball hats inside.  Inside and at night.  What kind of fashion statement is that?

—The very beautiful, long-haired boy in one of my classes… who is most likely young enough to be my son.

—The fact that the above statement doesn’t keep me from staring at him.

—How disorganized and unfocused I am right now.  It’s bothering the hell out of me and yet I can’t seem to get it together.

—That I have a lot of other writing to do and probably half a dozen intelligent, thoughtful things to write about here, but instead I’m compiling a silly list.

—My addiction to lists.  The more disorganized I am, the more lists I make.  Does it help?  Who knows?

—That I am, as I write this, compiling a to-do list in my head.

Posted by Kristina in Uncategorized
 

I'm a writer, editor, blogger, mama, wife and coffee lover.

Archives