I had such a great day today, that I chose 2 Random winners!
KATIEBABS and HEATHER, please use the CONTACT form on my website to email me your choice of book, and snail mail information. (And yes, Heather, as a Canadian, I don’t limit where I sent my prizes, so Australia is fine. )
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So, Angie James has gone to the RWA National conference, and she’s left the keys to her blog with a couple of people, me, Sasha White, being one of them.
It was a spur of the moment thing, so I don’t have an official post prepared. I’m not going to talk serious writing business, and I’m not going to use this to guest spot to simply promote my books. (Although if you want to read a free sample of my writing or two..check out these Free Reads…and tell Angie if you like them. *bats eyes innocently*) What I am going to do is talk about Angie while she’s not here. Yep. I’m gonna do it, and I think you’ll like what I have to say.
The first time I met Angie was at the 2007 RT conference in Houston. I’d already had a book out with Samhain for a year, but Angie was not my editor. My current Samhain editor was at that conference, but she showed no interest in talking to me, or listening to me pitch any more stories. Angie, however, did. When I think back on it she was really just being polite, but when she agreed to let me take a picture of her legs for a blog project, I knew she had a good sense of fun too, and it made me really want to work with her. I mean come on, what editor do you know that would be willing to flash her legs so the author could put the picture on her blog?
Although, I can’t be sure I didn’t promise to keep the picture anonymous. If I did promise that, it was a few years ago and surely the promise would be forgotten by now. Right?
Anyway, moving on. So, for whatever reasons things changed and soon Angie was my editor at Samhain. However, around that time I was also buried under several deadlines for other publishers, and time flew by without me sending anything to her. Then when I managed to come out from under those deadlines I was so burnt out on writing that I had to take some time off. (For those interested in that story, I’ll be doing a workshop at Romance Divas on Friday on Burnout- How to Avoid it;How to Deal with it)
So… it’s now 2009, and I still have not actually sent the amazing Angela James a story. I still call her my editor, and think of her as my editor, but uhmm, I haven’t sent her anything to edit in uhmmm…yeah..moving on…. What can I say? I still really want to work with her. (I’m twisted that way, I want an evil editor that will crack the whip. It shows me that she actually wants me to write for her.) Despite my lack of performance as an author, she still takes the time to meet with me at every conference. In 2008 we had a lunch together, just the two of us. In 2009, we had margaritas together while a friend and I pitched a story to her. She smiles (Note the pictures as proof), she laughs, she knows my name. She’s professional, yet fun. Serious, yet not scary or intimidating. And I really don’t think she’s as innocent as she looks, but I have no proof.
Maybe someone will come back from this RWA Conference with proof. What do you think? Anyone out there have any stories about Angela James they’d like to share? If you have a story, photo or tidbit you want to share, please do so in the comments.
And if you just want to win a FREE Sasha White BOOK, then say so in the comments. Winners Choice of my available backlist. (I don’t have copies of all of my books, but I do of most of them) I’ll draw a random name tomorrow morning, and update this post with the Winner.