There was quite a crowd last night night at Sung Dynasty for a cocktail reception to kick off the biannual conference run by the Published Author Special Interest chapter of RWA.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many industry pros at one event.  But then again, having it in New York, knowing it’s only a couple of hours after work, and free drinks is certainly good incentive to attend.

I talked with a number of agents: Miriam Kriss, who’s representing Gayle Williams’ TSUNAMI BLUE; finally met Holly Root in person, even though we’ve done a number of deals together via email and the phone; and caught up with an “understated” Lucienne Diver, blond but relatively bauble-less.

Tor editor Heather Osborn passed along a handy tip for those desperate times when we editors have a hole in the schedule that needed to be filled yesterday and nothing in manuscript pile is striking our fancy.  She put out an alert on her Twitter feed and had more than 60 completes in her inbox in two days.  I’m totally stealing the idea for the next time I’m in a pinch.  If that’s not incentive to follow Heather on Twitter or sign up for the RSS feed here, I don’t know what is.

Sally MacKenzie promised to bring a very…interesting…puppet for our presentation on promotion at next weekend’s New England Conference in Framingham, Mass.  Anna DeStefano, agent Jessica Faust and I are going to have a hard time getting a word in edgewise I think.  We’ll probably be laughing too hard.

C.L. Wilson stopped by to tantalize us with not-nearly-informative-enough bits from the latest in her Tairen Soul series, QUEEN OF SONG AND SOUL, scheduled for a November release.

Agent Kim Lionetti, who used to work at Dorchester before co-founding Bookends, admitted her pregnancy last summer was all a plot to avoid speaking at RWA .  Christie Craig has vowed revenge.

I also had a chance to catch up with Jenny Gardiner–whose new nonfiction project PARROTHOOD, described as David Sedaris meets Marley & Me, with a realllly sharp beak, sounds hilarious–and American Title finalist Judi Fennell, who recently sold to Sourcebooks.

The entire reception was a wonderful chance to match faces with names and catch up with folks we don’t get to spend nearly enough time with.