Sunday, March 22, 2009

Back from Pasic!

I just returned from the Pasic (published authors special interest chapter of RWA) which was held in New York City!

Who doesn't love a trip to New York City?

The Pasic conference itself was wonderful. There's nothing like spending three days with a room full of industry professionals. I loved sharing stories of both the good times and bad! I met some wonderful, wonderful authors, had some fabulous dinners and talked until all hours. Something I haven't done in ... well, about a decade! LOL

I came home to a sulking cat. My poor Sophia felt abandoned. My husband tried feeding her tuna this afternoon to lift her spirits as she awaited me, but nothing made her happy. I was home at least an hour, had distributed the T-shirts and purses I'd bought for my daughter and two sons, before she would even let me pet her. She seems fine now, but she'll be sleeping in my suitcase for the next few weeks. I think it's her way of saying...if you're going again, I'm going with you! LOL

My next trip is to the fabulous Pennwriters Conference in May. This conference is held in Pittsburgh at a hotel near the airport, which, of course, is just off a major highway, so it's very easy to find.

My workshops are STORY, THEME AND IDEA, a fun, hands-on workshop at which attendees will learn how to craft a simple one-paragraph pitch, and my most popular workshop CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED. CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED condenses everything I've learned in the past 20 or so years into a very concise one-hour workshop, complete with handouts and three "published author" tricks for editing without ruining the parts of your manuscript that are good as they are!

Look for another recipe this week on the HOME COOKING section of the site!


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dear Readers

My web designer and I are trying something new without my website. We've shifted the Dear Reader letter to my blog.

In all seriousness, forcing me to update the Dear Reader letter on my own is a way to force me to update my blog! LOL Plus, it's a way to keep the Dear Reader letter current and let you know what I'm up to.

This is going to be a great year for me. I have a fairly full schedule of online workshops until October or so (when I Christmas shop in earnest). In a few weeks I will attend my first ever Pasic conference. I'll be at the Pennwriters conference in May and, of course, my two favorite conferences, Nationals in July and New Jersey in October.

I'll be shopping for some new clothes which always thrills me. Not the shopping. The clothes. I'm not much of a shopper, but oh my sweet day I do love the look and feel of a brand new dress or suit. And don't even get me started on new shoes. One of my friends used to call me Conference Barbie. I'm not blonde. I'm not all that cute. And I'll never have a waistline so small it goes against some laws of physics. But you better believe my purse and shoes will match, my underwear will be color coordinated and my finger and toe nails will match my outfit!

But the really great news of the year is that I signed another contract with Harlequin Romance and I'm already working on the first of three books we have planned for 2010! I'm thrilled to be doing two connected books and, if all goes well in deadline world, a Christmas book.

I have a June release, MAID IN MONTANA, that I'm absolutely over the moon about. If you like stories about wounded heroes and genuine heroines determined to work their way out of trouble, this book will touch your heart and make you laugh out loud.

Also, be on the lookout for a new addition to this site called Home Cooking! Last year my family put together a cookbook containing the recipes of my mom and the seven sisters, three sisters-in-law, several nieces, and a few aunts of my immediately family. I'll be posting recipes from this cookbook.

You'll get recipes for such wonderful treats as peroghis, haluski, painted sugar cookies, sesame noodles, and even macaroni salad.

My mother has been praised as one of the best cooks in our region and some of my sisters are definitely following in her footsteps. I hope to have that page up within a few weeks, so get your measuring cups and spatuals ready!

And check back for regular Monday morning posts....

Until next week

susan meier