An in-depth interview

I was interviewed by Jesse Wave at her blog. This is probably the most in-depth interview I’ve ever given because her questions were quite varied and required some longer answers from me. If you have any curiosity about the inner workings of Samhain, my thoughts on digital publishing in general, and some genre questions, you’ll want to check out this interview.

Yes, I know I haven’t blogged in a week. I’m finally feeling able to breathe again now that I’m home and rested, and am almost out from under my emails, so I’ll do better.

Travelogue. Stardate: 4-20-09

(That would be yesterday) I went to Epcot and had a great time. It’s interesting to do things on your own, because you have time to notice different things, things you wouldn’t otherwise notice because you’re too wrapped up in your companions or your schedules. But because I was flying solo, I was much more observant. And I also talked to a lot more people. Random strangers, from women and men to children, shop workers, cast and crew members, and others. It did help that it rained off and on all day, plus it was Monday, so it wasn’t overly crowded or busy. I think people had more time to talk.

I had a great time, it was nice to just go and wander. I spent most of my day in the World Showcase. And I Twittered some of my journey. Actually, Twittering it made me feel like I wasn’t there totally by myself, because I had “someone” to share what I saw/did with. It made my day even more enjoyable and entertaining.

Anyway, I’m not going to recap my day, but instead am going to post my Twitter account so you can read along and check out the pictures if you’re curious.

No big plans this morning/early afternoon. My conference duties start tomorrow late afternoon and then dinner plans!

Click through to read Epcot adventures and see pics


For those playing along at home…

I’ve left the lovely WRW retreat (fabulous, fun, welcoming chapter) and am now in the BWI airport getting ready to fly off to Orlando for a week at RT. I’m looking forward to seeing all my authors and industry friends there and getting some good conversation done.

One thing about these conferences and retreats is that they always inspire me with ideas for great blog posts. Which I almost never end up writing because I forget by the time I have time and energy to write them. I should start jotting notes or something.

Also, just have to say that I did not totally suck at Romance Jeopardy, a yearly event at the retreat. Whew!

Me (and @RonHogan ) at #RT09

First of all, yes, I did just make my blog post title Twitter friendly. Ha! Also, I’m declaring the official hashtag, #RT09 so we can track our topic on Twitter, whether you’re attending or not!

Second, I’m currently at the lovely WRW writer’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia. But tomorrow I’ll be off to Romantic Times 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

I know for some of you, your goal is to see me as much as you possibly can (I’m joking!) so I’m going to share my panel schedule with you so you can be sure to attend. I’m sure I’ll be brilliant and inspiring. Uh…anyway.

10:30-11:30 Samhain Publisher spotlight
11:45-12:45 Polishing Your Pitch workshop with Ron Hogan

2:30-3:30 Myths/Benefits of Epublishing with Raelene Gorlinsky(EC) and Treva Harte (Loose ID)

3:30-4:30 Editor Panel

If you’re going to be at RT, please find me and say hi. I’ll be the one with partially hot pink hair!

Now, I was left off the official RT schedule for my Wednesday panel, so if you have a moment, please help me spread the word to anyone you know going to RT. Blogs, facebook, twitter, yahoo groups, it’s all appreciated!


Join Angela James and Ron Hogan at RT this Wednesday from 11:45-12:45 to “Polish Your Pitch”. Angela got left off the official RT schedule so please help spread the word!

“Samhain Executive Editor Angela James and publishing industry commentator Ron Hogan of lead an interactive workshop on creating a great story pitch. Come prepared to tell us what your novel’s about; we’ll take your description apart then help you rebuild it better, stronger, faster. Don’t be afraid…we’ll be gentle.”

Ron Hogan is well known as a savvy,fair book reviewer and knowledgeable commentator on all aspects of the publishing industry, both digital and print.

Angela James is the Executive Editor of Samhain Publishing. Her mission is to drag readers (and authors) to the digital dark side, one reader at a time.

Quick post

To say that we made it home safely last night around 9pm. Got the truck unloaded and fell into bed. Then hit the ground running this morning because I’m leaving bright and early tomorrow morning for the WRW retreat and then straight to Orlando for Romantic Times 2009. I can’t promise much blogging, like normal when I travel, but I’ll try to do some Twittering from the road.

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