RWA Conference Coverage: What’s Your Pleasure?

ist2_2692424-retro-press-reporterRWA Nationals are coming up July 15  – 18 and this year both Lynn Spencer and I will be attending.

In previous years, AAR has offered extensive coverage – usually after the conference is over.  But the world – and the Web – are more immediate places today and our inclination is to adopt a coverage model that’s worked well all over the Internets.

What does that mean?  The biggest and most comprehensive change is coverage of conference sessions.  In the past AAR has included long reports on sessions and our inclination is – with a few exceptions – to ditch it.  Our thinking is two-fold:  first, RWA is an organization for writers and AAR is a site for readers and, second, there are many places on the Web that can be counted on for extensive coverage of the writer-ly side of things.

So, here’s how we see it shaping up.  Rachel, in her magical technical wizardry, will put a Twitter feed on the blog (and, nope, you won’t have to register for a Twitter account in order to read them) updated by both Lynn and me throughout the days – and nights.  We’ll also blog occasionally during the proceedings. Our goal is to provide color coverage – who said what, the buzz on the buzz, and the general feeling of what it’s like to be there.

And, since we’d love to meet any AAR readers (authors are very welcome, too, of course) who will be attending the literacy book signing on Wednesday, July 15, we’re planning to hold a post-signing get-together in the bar for anyone who’d like to come.  Details to come as the conference gets closer.

So, here’s our question for you:  Does AAR’s new stripped-down conference coverage sound like what you’re looking for?

-Sandy AAR

7 thoughts on “RWA Conference Coverage: What’s Your Pleasure?

  1. Well, it sounds good to me. As a reader/librarian with no aspirations to become a writer – what I get the most out of the conference is the “what’s coming up” buzz. Things like the publisher spotlights, chatting with authors about what they’re working on – that sort of thing. Certainly some of the writing workshops are interesting, but I’m mostly in it for the book news :)

    Oh, and looking forward to a AAR reader gathering! If I’m not dead on my feet after the Librarian Wing-Ding and the Lit. Signing, I’ll definitely be there.

  2. Look forward to seeing you, Wendy! And thanks for your thoughts. (The publisher spotlights are one of the exceptions I referred to. Hey, news about what publishers are looking for MOST DEFINITELY affects readers.)

  3. Hi Wendy,

    Great idea, esp. the AAR meet-up! I won’t be at RWA this year, but my favorite things to read about are trends (when will the vampire/paranormal trend finally die?), new authors, old authors in new genres, RITA, and good ol’ gossip.

    Have fun!

  4. I like the sounds of it. Like Wendy I am always interested in the ‘what’s coming up” buzz. And good ‘ole gossip is always a plus. :) I have successfully avoided Twitter thus far but if that’s your venue I may have to cave. Will you be explicit on how to access it for those people, like me, who are truly clueless?

  5. I’m all about instant gratification so I love the idea of on the spot posts. And in that spirit, I bought a laptop in large part to bring with me so I can have access to a computer. And I love the idea of a meet-up. Count me in.

  6. I always really enjoyed AAR’s coverage of national and will miss it this summer.

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