I’m pleased to welcome Sue Moorcroft to the Jaunty Quills today. She’s one of the many fabulous authors I’ve met since moving the UK and she’s coming to America! Well, I’ll let her tell you all about it.
I’m really excited. At the end of this month I fly out to attend the RT Booklovers Convention. My first time! And first times are so special …
The RT takes place this year in Kansas City, Missouri, and I have booked my flights, my place at the convention, my hotel (the Sheraton, the conference hotel), my trip to and from airports and have that happy ‘Wow! I can’t WAIT!’ feeling tempered with that ‘What have I forgotten or left undone?’ feeling. I’m really trying not to give the latter free rein or I’ll be waking up feeling squiggly in the dark hours of the night and will be exhausted by the time I arrive. Whereas I’m hoping only to feel exhausted when I leave.
One of the most exciting things has been planning my agenda. First, I put in the panels I’m actually a part of:
Wed 1 May Creating Irresistible Heroes (fun workshop)
Sat 4 May Choc Lit Tasting (Yes, you actually get to eat chocolate. Do come)
Sun 5 May ‘So you think you know about Britain and its heroines?’ (Lots of Brit-themed gifts and giveaways)
Then I signed up for every single party. I won’t list them all but from Kathryn Falk’s special reception for international visitors on Tues 30 April to Romance at Twilight on the Sunday evening, I have signed up for it. I’ve bought a tiara for the 30th Anniversary Formal Ball, I have my cowboy boots for Rosie Gulch’s Gals’ Get Together, I have cocktail dresses, dance dresses and my shoes … I have a bit of a thing about shoes.
Then I went for promo. There are a LOT of promo opportunities; some are appearances such as the Giant Book Fair and Club RT, some are enticing workshops with titles such as ‘Sell Fast! Sell Often!’ (Yes please to both of those things) or ‘Blog Tour Like a Rock Star’, which sounds like such a fun way to do it.
And that just about left room in my schedule to sleep and eat – occasionally. And probably to have a swim in the rooftop pool. Oh yes, and I’ve allowed a day each end of the trip to get over/prepare for jetlag. (Also known as shopping.)
Anybody have any good tips to avoid jetlag?
Award winning British novelist Sue Moorcroft writes of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes, writing ‘how to’, courses, short stories, serials and columns and is creative writing tutor.
Check out her website www.suemoorcroft.com and her blog at http://suemoorcroft.wordpress.com/, befriend Sue on Facebook sue.moorcroft.3 or follow her on Twitter @suemoorcroft.