At our Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter Retreat, Rita Clay Estrada re-energized participants by detailing the history of Houston’s beginning Romance Writers of America as well as opening up the secrets of publishing in today’s industry.
I recognized among those in attendance, Margo Hoornstra – Michigan’s original founder, Dawn Bartley – Retreat Assistant, Rosanne Bittner – of 85 published novels and recognized western romance expert, Connie Bretes, Annette Briggs, Kristen Brockmeyer, Diane Burton – I purchased “The Case of the Bygone Brother,” Renci Denham – first contract in 2014, Diane Flannery, Nancy Gideon – scary paranormal novelist, Patty Gordon, aka Patricia Kiyono – I bought her book “Searching for Lady Luck,” Melissa Keir, Anne Marie King-Jakubiak, Pat Klein – forgot to have her sign “The Boy Who Danced with Monkeys,” Lucy Kubash, Laurie Kuna – our president, who lavishes her generosity of time and expertise on us all, Pat Lazarus – recognized as our most friendly member, Loralee Lillibridge, Alyssa Marble – a Rita finalist as Alyssa Alexander, Julie McMullen – Retreat’s Award Coordinator, Pam Moser – Golden Heart finalist, Dana Nussio – aka Dana Corbit, Malea Powell – immediate past president, Maris Soule – multi-published novelist with “A Killer Past” to be published in June of 2015 and “Eat Crow and Die” to be released in July 2015, Anne Stone – the Retreat organizer and recipient of this year’s Angel Award, Diana Stout, Gloria Tiller – of Kazoo Books with encouraging specific advice, as well as the new faces of Mary Greenway and many Greater Detroit RWA members.
I missed seeing Florence Price with The Novel DifferenceTM who provided a professional brochure of my Amazon novels. After reading the particulars of my history, reviews, and genre list, I recognized myself as an ‘Author’ for the first time in my fifty-seven years of writing.
The Bay Point Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan may host next year’s Retreat. I would strongly suggest early registration. We were sold out this year. You will be reinvigorated to continue your writing efforts, optimistic about a publishing future, and inspired by the comradery of authors who have traveled the long road you are traveling now. And you will, I promise, have fun along the way.