[Image: cartoon drawing of the top part of a round, off-white face, with only panicked brown eyes showing]
Today is my last official day as an unpublished romance author. I've just now realized that.
I'm feeling all the expected feelings, plus some unexpected ones, plus some things I haven't quite identified yet. I'm excited, nervous, giddy, slightly nauseous, hopeful, anxious, stressed, distracted, happy, proud... You name it.
Yesterday was good. I very much enjoyed participating in the Bookstore Romance Day virtual panel celebrating plus-size protagonists; it was lovely to meet fellow authors Danielle Jackson, Jenny L. Howe, Amanda Cinelli and April Asher to talk about the responsibilities and challenges of writing love stories for characters who were for many years erased from romance. Katie Garaby of Parnassus Books was a wonderful host and asked great questions. That panel was recorded and will, I believe, be posted on YouTube at some point, if you missed it and would still like to catch the discussion.
TOMORROW (Tues. Aug. 22, 2023), however, there will be no blending-into-a-panel for me! I'll be flying mostly solo, with the help of Annie from Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis.
I hope if you can you will join us for this virtual event tomorrow night; I'll do a short reading from "Curves for Days" and then chat with Annie of M&Q about writing the book and then there will be an audience Q&A.
The event is free and will last approximately one hour. It starts at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, etc. Please join me/us! Register here for access.
I'll try not to be QUITE as wild-eyed as I am today, but honestly? No promises.
Laura Moher, navigating this new world of writing and publishing her stories.