There are four seasons in New England...
There are, however, four very different seasons for the romance author. At least as reflected by social media activity on Twitter and Facebook...
1. BEGGING FOR VOTES SEASON
Forget about book release promotion. The biggest spam-happy, I'm-begging-you-please, all-in-good-fun season of the year is BEGGING FOR VOTES SEASON.
Too bad the winner doesn't get a tiara.
2. TAKING PICTURES WITH HALF-NAKED GUYS SEASON
Coz nothing says "conference" quite like flexing, greasy abdominal muscles!
The only conference I have attended for comparison was a turfgrass convention. I saw plenty of butt-cracks, but no 6-pack abs. Oh well.
3. PREPARATION FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE SEASON
(aka SHOE SHOPPING)
As far as I can tell from Twitter and Facebook, the bulk of stress around this event concerns purchasing appropriate footwear, and social anxiety--aka, talking to people.
4. RITA ANXIETY SEASON
RITA anxiety season involves three parts:
1. book submission
2. reading contest entries by other authors
3. waiting for the finalist announcements
RITA ANXIETY SEASON is a short-term condition that can usually be successfully treated
with copious amounts of wine.
It's fun to be a romance author 365 days a year!