Monday, February 22, 2010

In the Home Stretch or A Chance to Win

We're a little more than eight weeks away from Spring Fling 2010 and in typical fashion, the home stretch is where the work is hardest. Getting sponsors, goods and services donated, items for the silent auction, programs finalized and printed and menu planning are just some of the many, many things that June and I are wrapping up.

On opening night of the conference, there will be a VIP dinner attended by the headliners, the lovelies, Julia Quinn and Cherry Adair, in addition to our editors, agents and presenters. The star power--it is blinding, my friends. Because in addition to Julia and Cherry, there will be:

Selena James, editor/ Kensington Books
Amanda Bergeron, editor Avon/HarperCollins
Lindsey Faber, editor Samhain
Kat O'Shea, editor the Wild Rose Press/Leap Books
Paige Wheeler, agent Folio Literary Management
Laurie McLean, agent Larsen Pomada Literary Agency
Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, agent Nancy Coffey Literary Management
Diana Fox, agent Fox Literary

Then there's the authors who are presenting workshops too:

Elizabeth Hoyt
Jade Lee
Carrie Lofty
Courtney Milan
Blythe Gifford
Sherrill Bodine
Patricia Rosemoor
Marianna LaCroix
Annmarie Ortega
Kimberly Osborn Sullivan
Nancy Parra
Jenna Petersen
Laurie Brown
Lindsay Longford
Margaret Watson
Allie Pleiter
Pat White
Sarah Wendell
Ruth Kaufman

The reason for the laundry list? We're giving away two tickets via random generator drawing to this exclusive event. So, if you've already signed up--good for you!! To quote Tyra, 'you're still in the running for...' and if you're still on the fence about attending Spring Fling, for goodness sake, sign up already because you'll be in the running too. In other words, attend Spring Fling 2010 and get a chance to win a ticket to the VIP dinner. We're giving away two of them. Deadline is March 15, 2010 at midnight CST.

Here's your chance to meet all those industry professionals and authors without having to accidentally spill your drink on them at the bar and then slipping your manuscript in the bag when you return the dry cleaning ;-). Not that bringing your manuscript to the dinner is a good idea. NO, no, no. Please don't do that. That's why there are pitch sessions and plenty of them. But it is a good way to meet those people who might have a hand in making your hopes and dreams come true for a little while.

So, go out to the website, marvel at the awesome purple and pink fabulousity and SIGN UP!!


Marilyn Brant said...

I signed up! I signed up! (Well, it's my wonderful home chapter, but still...) THANK YOU soooo much for all the amazing things you've worked out for us, dear Conference Chair. xoxo

Pamela Cayne said...

Wow, Madame Conference Chair (or Co-Chair), Spring Fling sounds *amazing* with extra sprinkles on top! Congrats!!!

Pamala Knight said...

Thank you Marilyn! I appreciate the kind words and hope you'll go wig shopping with me when all my hair has fallen out before this conference is done, lol.

Pamela dear, you know how much we appreciate the good wishes, especially when they come with sprinkles. Everyone know that sprinkles (on top no less) make everything better ;-). Can't wait to see you in April. *waves*

Nancy J. Parra said...

I signed up!! :)

I also added the badge to my blog!

Thank you sooo much for all the amazing hard work in getting this together. I know it will be great!