Just a few thoughts to add to Lynn’s.
It was a pleasure to meet her, as well as AAR Senior Reviewer Jane Granville. We also met AAR readers, including SusanDC and Sandlynn, both of whom we all know so well from our message boards. It’s always fun to put a face to an online personality and this year was no exception.
During the conference Lynn and I met with several people very prominent in romance publishing – who are, of course, also big decision-makers – and I think there was a very positive take-away on both sides.
RWA 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.