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KT Literary Retreat 2011

KT and authors in Rocky Mountain National Park
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting with ten of my authors for our first annual KT Literary Retreat, in Estes Park, Colorado. And I do mean “meet”, at least in 8 out of ten cases. The wonder of the internet and today’s publishing world is that it allows us to communicate and do business without ever seeing our partners face-to-face, although having done so now, I can’t wait to meet the rest of them!

It was a very casual retreat — no planned team-building or trust exercises, no organized activities, just conversation around a roaring fire (Thanks, Erin!), some good food, and lots of Diet Coke.

I recall when the idea for a retreat first came up, it was part of a conversation on Twitter wondering if they made the clients of an agency feel like a clique, and I have to say that, having been part of a successful retreat now, I think it’s about bonding, sure, but not to exclusion of others, as a clique would be. In addition, my authors couldn’t be more excited now to support each other, and that’s the best benefit to come out of the weekend.

I’m already looking forward to planning the next one, for 2012! Where will it be? And will YOU be there? Maybe!

The Whole Gang, from left: Julia Karr, Kate Testerman, Erin Danehy, Ellen Booraem, Rebecca Petruck, Sara Beitia, Kiki Hamilton, Carrie Harris, Kater Cheek, Amy Spalding, and Josie Bloss
The Whole Gang, from left: Julia Karr, Kate Testerman, Erin Danehy, Ellen Booraem, Rebecca Petruck, Sara Beitia, Kiki Hamilton, Carrie Harris, Kater Cheek, Amy Spalding, and Josie Bloss

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