Wednesday, August 1, 2012

RWA 2012 VLOG with Me! and Jaycee :D


Hey all!  I know I promised this for yesterday's post, but I was having some audio visual issues, haha.

*Note - If the video doesn't work I'm sorry.  I'll keep toying with it this weekend and see what I can do.

So here's the VLOG I suckered Jaycee into making with me (Oh, so sorry my friend =D).  Pardon how tired we both are.  We made it LATE, LOL.

Anywho, RWA was outstanding!  I got to go to some stellar classes and learned a lot.  I wanted to share some of the pictures I took below.  It was a long week, but it was amazing.  It was so cool to meet my critique partner Jaycee and I can't wait until my next conference.

We went to Disneyland on the last day.  I am a Disney FREAK so it was too much fun and I spent way too much money.

OMG! I went totally fan girl here.  This is Jennifer Echols.  She wrote the first New Adult book I ever read.  It's called Love Story and it's a romance about a college student who lives in NYC.  

Of course, I had to pester her about New Adult and she happily listened to my babble, haha.  No but seriously, she not only is a huge supporter of NA, but fights for it, too.  She continues to write her edgy romances despite what the industry says about them not selling and her books sell like hot cakes.

I got her to sign a few of her books and guess what???  I'm doing another giveaway, baby!  Stay tuned for more details ;D

Okay so I really can't do this post without this next part.  Through the creation of NA Alley I have met so many cool and stellarific NA authors and one of which is Alysia Gray Painter.  Her fun emails brighten my day and I'm happy to call her a dear friend.  Well, she heard Jaycee and I were going to be in Cali (where she just happens to reside) and she wanted to meet up.  Unfortunately, she had to go out of town and we couldn't schedule the meet.  So imagine what I felt when Jaycee and I get a knock on the door after a long day.  There was a man with a cart of milk and cookies. 

Here's me:  "Um, we didn't order this, sir." *Laughs nervously*

Man at the door with the cart:  "Oh, miss, a guest outside of the hotel ordered this for you."

Me: *mouth agape* 

Then I remembered that Alysia kept asking me where we were staying.  I told her, but didn't really think much of it.  Well, SHE sent the milk and cookies!!!!

This woman is so sweet and you should all go out and read her awesome books.

I have copies of her first two reads and can't wait to dive in!  Thanks so much Alysia. You're a gem.  Muah!

So on a final note.  I have GREAT news for all you New Adult peeps!  It's really happening! Not only did pretty much all the editors and agents I spoke to take it, but they are rooting for it.  

Everyone, was really excited about it and I couldn't believe how supportive everyone was.  

Here is a list of some of the people I spoke to:

St. Martin's Press
Grand Central Publishing
Month 9 Books
Samhain Publishing

I will soon add this list to the NA Alley page, but go ahead and look them up.  Oh, and certain editors of St. Martin's Press take unagented manuscripts!!!! I was in shock. They are a Big Six!  They don't list that on their site, so now you know.  And Dan Weiss from St. Martin's is looking for e-serials and I heard through the grapevine that he's taken at least 3 NA authors for this, so jump on it!

Well, that's all I have for now.  I can't wait until my next conference and I'll keep you updated when I head to the next one.

Special Announcement!

Tune in Friday for a special post-RWA 2012 giveaway!  I got some major swag peeps and I've completely lost my mind.  My craziness is your gain.  I'm giving out signed and unsighed copies of YA and NA books.  So come back Friday for details :D

Don't forget about my indie giveaway. Ends 8/6. + Sign up to be a part of The Crimson Hunt cover reveal - email me at: to take part! :)

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Kyra Lennon said...

There is so much awesome in this post! Glad you had a wonderful time with Jaycee, and I love that your friend sent you milk and cookies!

Kelley Lynn said...

Wow, so jealous! Saw the vlog on Jaycee's blog. You guys are all sorts of awesome :)

jaybird said...

How cool is that? Who wouldn't want milk and cookies sent up to their room? What a "sweet" surprise.

Thanks for the info on NA. It is very encouraging and exciting.

Can't wait to see all the mad swag you picked up!

Juliana Haygert said...

So nice to see you two together! Fun, fun, fun!
Congrats on requests!!
<3 my sisters!

Carrie Butler said...

"Oh, miss, a guest outside of the hotel ordered this for you."

It's a good thing I wasn't there. I'd be like, "Serial killer, serial killer! Shut the door!" Hahaha! :)

So glad you two had fun! <3

Alysia said...

Victoria! What a sweet post. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in Anaheim and you enjoyed the milk and cookies.

I grew up in hotels so I have too many arcane hotel factoids in my head. And sending something tasty to a guest's room? Pretty much any hotel can do it. It's a fun little tradition that more people should know about. It's like getting flowers at the office but way more delicious. :)

Thanks for the shout-out, too! You are terrific.

Victoria Smith said...

Thanks Kyra :) it was fun and a really great experience!

Victoria Smith said...

You are too Ms. Kelley =D

Victoria Smith said...

I love the pun Jay :D I agree NA really is happening!!!

Victoria Smith said...

Hearts you back dear!!!

Victoria Smith said...

Haha! It clicked who it was from and I was no longer frightened, lol.

Victoria Smith said...

Alysia you gem! I just adore you and your awesomeness :D Thanks for stopping by and THANKS a million and a half for your amazing sweet treat!!!!

Courtney Worth Young said...

You are too cute! Wow, the RWA conference sounds amazing and seems like it was a blast. I probably would have been to star struck to hold an intelligent conversation with all of those talented people in one room. That's good to know about the big 6! Awesome contest!!



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