This past week the Romance Writers of America celebrated their own with the 2012 RWA national conference. The four day conference was held in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Marriott, a stone's throw away from Disneyland. I wasn't able to attend, but hope to make it next year when it's held in Atlanta. :)
One of the highlights of the conference is the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing. Hundreds of published authors gather to donate their time and books. The books are signed and sold and the proceeds go to various literacy organizations. Over $50,000 was raised this year!
This is the one conference event open to the public.
Last night RWA hosted the awards ceremony for the RITA and Golden Heart contests. The RITA is for published books, the Golden Heart for unpublished manuscripts. The winner of the prestigious RITA is awarded a beautiful golden statuette along with their editor receiving a lovely plaque.
The Golden Heart winners receive some pretty bling, a necklace with a golden heart surrounding the RITA design. :)
This year, my friend and fellow writer, Karen Fleming (writing as KD Flemming) won the Golden Heart award for the Inspirational Category. Major congrats, Karen. And good luck with your winning manuscript, Love's Advocate!
For a list of all the RITA and Golden Heart winners, check out the RWA website.