So I have to admit, as a reader I’d never considered attending a book conference. It wasn’t until I began writing that I started attending these sorts of events. I went to Lori Foster’s Reader-Writer Get Together last June and had one of the best times of my life. I also had the opportunity to attend the Romantic Times Conference in April. Again–fantastic experience.
Even though I now go as a writer, I’m probably one of the biggest fan-girls there and I can’t for the life of me understand why I haven’t been going to these things for years. I’ve met some of my absolute favorite authors, had the chance to get books signed, and even had time to sit and chat with quite a few of them. For me, authors are like rock stars and conferences are the PERFECT venue to meet them. It’s like having a backstage pass that lasts for a whole weekend!
So…I’m issuing an invitation. I’m attending two conferences in the fall–one as a reader and one as a writer! Registration is still open for both.
On September 10-12, I’ll be heading to Huntington, West Virginia to hang out at Lora Leigh’s RAW event. She has some fantastic authors lined up. I’m most looking forward to meeting Emma Holly, Gaelen Foley, Joey W. Hill, Lorelei James, and Maya Banks. I’m rooming with my good friends, author Jayne Rylon and cover artist, Valerie Tibbs.
Lora’s got a Raze the Dead costume party planned for Saturday night and Friday night is a pajama party. There’s a book signing and lots of time for readers and writers to just hang out. I can’t wait!
Then, October 7-10, I’ll be traveling to Richfield, Ohio to attend Ellora’s Cave’s Romanticon. I was able to sneak in for just the Sunday booksigning last year. It was so much fun, I knew there was no way I could miss doing the whole weekend this year.
This year marks Ellora’s Cave’s tenth year in the epub business and they plan to do a lot of celebrating at Romanticon. The cavemen will be there as well as LOTS and LOTS of EC authors. Again, I’m rooming with Jayne and I’m hoping Rhian Cahill can convince hubby to let her make the pond jump from Australia–lol. I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with my Cougar Challenge pals and I’m sort of hoping I get to sit next to Maggie Casper at the booksigning–I LOVE her books.
So…if you have the time and money, I’d like to encourage you to give a book conference a try this year.