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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

And The Winner Is.....



From the 2012 NECRWA Conference......

1. Nicest Person In The World Award goes to Lena Goldfinch. Lena (A) has the patience of a saint, (B) is the Zen Master of Disaster, and (C) has a totally cool last name.

2. What Have You Done For Me Lately Award goes to Bobbi Ruggerio. Who starts doing that sassy head-shaking thing like Queen Latifah when she's pissed off. (note to self: don't piss off Bobbi Baby) Alternative award: Minion With The Mostest

3. Best Tiara Award goes to Myretta Robens. As much as it pains me to admit this (and it hurts, believe me), Myretta's tiara kicked my tiara's ass. It was beyond cool--a funky steampunky Etsy creation that was totally amazing. (*Penny wipes tear from her eye and decides therapy may be required to deal with tiara envy*) Myretta also wins Most Gracious Award and just happened to win the Goldrick Award, too.

4. Best I See Dead People Award goes to my roomie, Julia Barrett. Who needs psychic readings and ghost hunting when your roomie is buds with Casper The Friendly Ghost? On Friday morning when I woke up, Julia casually mentioned that we'd had a "visitor" the night before. (I, of course, slept through the whole thing). The little girl asked Julia what we did, and when she answered romance writers, the girl replied "You should write children's books." Julia pointed at me and said "She does." And then the little ghostly girl left our room. When we badgered the folks at the front desk about ghost sightings, they were reluctant to discuss it. I finally said, "If someone happened to say they saw a ghost, what would it be?" And the desk clerk answered, "Well, some folks have seen a little girl." Julia shot me a smug smile, and I thought "Thank God I'm writing a weenie dog super-hero children's book. That just saved my ass from the Ghost Of Hawthorne!"

5. Best Secret Tiara Judge goes to Annette Blair. (I got Most Regal Tiara!) Ha!




6. Tastiest Cocktail Award goes to Whips and Kicks. A mixture of Pinnacle whipped vodka, club soda and cranberry, this romance specialty cocktail wins! (In the matter of full disclosure, it was the only cocktail I drank. Four of them. And it was delish.)

7. Penny's Biggest Fan Girl Moment goes to....Ridley. Sure, I met some big name authors and some VIPs. But my biggest fan-girl moment was meeting Ridley, Force of Internet Nature, in person at the book fair. I thought she would look like this....


(Interesting how Ripley and Ridley are so very close in spelling, eh?) Well, she is actually adorable with cute color streaks in her hair. Cute! I wish I'd had more time to talk, but I got busy buying zombie dolls, and when I turned around, the entire room was empty. D'oh!

8. Speaking of zombie dolls.....Most Brilliant New Doll Concept goes to Marley Gibson and Patrick Burns, Ghosthunters. These dolls were selling like hot cakes!


They're called DabNabIt Dolls, and they come with their own death certificate. My daughter said she wants to start collecting tons of them. (Marley and Patrick just got big shit-eating grins on their faces while reading this).

9. Best Beard Award is a tie. Meg Maguire's hubby exhibited some excellent beardy goodness, but Lee the bartender gave him a run for the money. (And a blush for me...hee hee!)



10. Favorite Book Premise and Awesome Title Award goes to Salad on the Side by Karenna Colcroft. It's about a gay vegetarian werewolf! Ha!

11. Best Game Face Award goes to the three little old ladies who stopped by my table at book fair. Sam Wayland--Quirky Lady and writer of naughty menage stories--and I shared a table. Three little old ladies wearing cardigan sweaters stopped by to peruse our table of goodies. Bless their hearts, they continued smiling and nodding their heads as they looked at our book covers (liberally decorated with naked naughty people) and continued on their way. (Imagined conversation later....Mildred, why do you think there were three people on the cover of that book? Well, Iris, I think that was the one gentleman's brother, who was probably there for moral support.)

12. You Talkin' To Me? Award goes to Dena de Paulo. A Beanpot winner came up to me at the cocktail party and started blushing---blushing!--as she gushed on and on about how much she loved my books. And I thought....are you talking to me? I have a fan! I have a fan! And I don't even think I need to take out a restraining order or anything! Also, I'm looking forward to reading Dena's books....she is clearly a very talented, award-winning writer. With super excellent taste.

13. Fastest Author To Sell All Her Books At Book Fair Using Unfair Tactics Involving Free Candy And Price-Slashing goes to.....Penny Watson! I decorated my book fair table with a tacky tinsel Christmas tree from Target, candy canes, holiday stickers, and green and red confetti. I also yelled "Merry Christmas!" as customers walked by. And I sold all my books! Moral of this story...it pays to be weird. Word.

14. Song of the Conference goes to.....Madonna and JT. I couldn't stop singing 4 Minutes while lining folks up for their editor/agent appointments. (And doing cabbage patch moves, too).



15. Best Felted Flower Collection goes to Heather Laskowski. She also gets honorable mentions for Cussing In Front Of Michael Hauge and Drill Sergeant Extraordinaire for E/A appointments.



As you can see, conference was a sordid affair. I got to meet Amber Skyze and Lindsay Kiernan in person! I got to see Kwana Jackson. I had a great time with all the Quirky Ladies, and it was wonderful to chat with so many members of the New England chapter and many other chapters from around the country. Also, there were book contracts to celebrate, and requests for fulls and partials....lots of good news to go around. Yippee!

And now, I'll be sleeping for about 379 days.

*snore*
Penny



34 comments:

Ella Drake said...

I had a wonderful time. And such a great conference run-down. I missed seeing some of this. Why can't I be in all the places all the time?

serenabellbooks said...

Such a great rundown! That was a really terrific conference. I can't believe I left too early to witness your book-selling tactics, but I'm glad I got to read about them.

Frances said...

All excellent awards and a fantastic rundown of an amazing conference. The committee did a great job. Congrats and thank you, Penny for the blog post!

Kathryn Esplin said...

Absolutely fantastic conference and Penny, this is such a fun blog!!!!

Tom Stronach said...

Wow

Like a force of nature you are Penny Watson, unstoppable I feel as if I was there just reading that and now I am totally knackered......

Three R's time now

REST, RECUPERATE, RECOVER

But

We need you not to be sleeping for so long, we'd miss you

Penelope said...

Ella....it was great to see you at conference. I can't wait to read your latest release...it looks amazing!

Penelope said...

Hi Serena! You looked lovely in your tiara....I didn't get a chance to tell you. :^)

Penelope said...

Thanks, Frances! Glad you had fun!

Penelope said...

Hi Kathryn! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the blog!

Penelope said...

Tom, RR&R. And a glass of wine. I'm good!

Amber Skyze said...

Damn! Why didn't Julia room with me? I wanted to see a ghost.

You deserve an award for selling all your books.

I give Carol, the woman who sat next to me a ton of credit. She knew I wrote naughty menages and she continued questioning me about my writing and life. Bless her soul. She said, her youngest child was 52!

Excellent awards and a fun run down of the conference.

Penelope said...

Amber! Sam and I were watching the two of you and giggling. The first time we looked over, you were both sitting quietly and not speaking. But by the end, I saw you guys chatting....that is so great! Also, you look like a gorgeous 16 year old, did I tell you that?

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Great awards... now I have to go back to bed! No, Amber, you don't want to room with me - ghosts find me no matter where I am. Fortunately this one was quite tame!
But Penny - you forgot to say the bartender made fantastic dirty martinis with limitless olives. That was his selling point - limitless olives!

Penelope said...

Julia! Was it Matt or Lee? We had 2 great bartenders. Limitless olives is a big plus. Hope you gave him a nice tip..hee hee!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I loved Lena's book! So glad to hear she's as sweet as I imagined her to be.

Shirley Ann Howard said...

So glad I read this, Penny. You seem to have been at five additional conferences during the time I was at this one.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! Lena is a total sweetheart. While she was speaking in a quiet, comforting tone to all the nervous ladies waiting for the editor/agent appointments, I was barking out "2 MINUTE WARNING!" I was the yin to her yang. I was the peaNUT butter to her jelly. We made a good match.....;^)

Penelope said...

I Shirley! Yes, I managed to pack it in. It will probably take me 3 months to recover.

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

How great that you had a wonderful experience. Yay!

Annette Blair said...

Thanks for the secret Judge award. LOL. I had a blast. Your signing table was Bee-you-tee-ful! Well done selling out. This was one of my favorite conferences ever. Hugs my friend.

Oh, and your Tiara truly deserved it, and so did Myretta's. Go you.

Annette

Unknown said...

Thanks, Penny. It was a great conference and not a small part of that was due to your enthusiasm. Thanks for the award. I loved your tiara but admit to being a tad competitive. Here's a picture of mine. http://ow.ly/aDs1B

Marley Gibson said...

LOVE this conference review! Totally rocks! How did I miss the tiara contest awards? LOL!! There were many fabulous ones. Had I known Annette was a judge, I would have bought her a drink! Thanks for the shout-out for the DagNabIt dolls. They are a hit everywhere we go! Look for the link soon! Great seeing you and hanging out and congrats on selling out your book!!! I only had 3 of mine left...may have sold more if everyone weren't so distracted by the dolls. Hee hee! = )

Penelope said...

Hi Steph! I'm so glad you got a chance to hang out with Julia, too. Next time I want to join you guys for a lobster roll...I'm obsessed with those things.

Penelope said...

Thanks, Annette! My tiara was all about the sparkly bling. Myretta's tiara was really intricate and cool.

Penelope said...

Myretta! Thanks for the link to the photo of your tiara....that is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Seriously! Tiara-tastic!

Penelope said...

Marley....I can't wait to do a post on those dolls. They are so fun, and my daughter said her classmates LOVED them. Did you hear that? Ka-ching! hee heeeee!

Lindsay Kiernan said...

Looks like you had a great time too, considering how busy you were!

Mia Marlowe said...

It was a great conference. And a lesson in humility for me. Who'd a thunk my cellphone would ring in the middle of your Social Network Etiquette class? Sheesh!

Thankfully, you'd already covered how to handle a techno faux pas. When in doubt, grovel like crazy.

Penelope said...

Hi Lindsay! Yes, I still managed to fit in cocktail time even though my workshop was unfortunately scheduled during the happy hour event. (I think someone did that just to drive me batty).

Penelope said...

Mia....that was hilarious! And you handled it perfectly! :^)

Barbara Wallace said...

I missed the damn writer cocktails! It was a awesome conference and your awards were spot on. Like Ella I missed way too much. We needed another day.

Penelope said...

Barbara, I need a month to recover! I thought it was a super sweet idea to create a special romance writer's cocktail menu....bravo to the Hawthorne!

Lena Goldfinch said...

You are so super sweet, Miss Penny! What a great rundown post of the conference. I also somehow missed the tierra awards, so a belated congrats on your well-deserved honor. :) It was a pleasure working side-by-side with you on Saturday, JT, cabbage patch moves, "batches of cookies," and all! :)

Penelope said...

Hi Lena! We baked a lot of batches of cookies on Saturday. And they all came out perfectly. ;^)