I’m ba-a-aaaack! Didja miss me?
What? You didn’t know I was gone? Oh okay, so I was only gone a couple of days — I’ve been at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together in West Chester, Ohio. It was a blast meeting over 400 readers and authors in a casual setting. I even attended my very first book signing and had the pleasure of sitting between the author of the Cat Chronicles series, Cheryl Brooks, and fellow Samhain author Robyn Bachar and across the aisle from the inimitable Kate Douglas and fellow TRW member Lila DiPasqua (I don’t have any pictures of me there, so hopefully someone who was around may have one on their camera and will take pity on me and send me a copy.)
And I had breakfast, lunch and dinner with some fabulous people…forgive me for name dropping here, but I’m also a reader who had her squee moments 😉
I met so many people whom I felt I knew from Twitter and Facebook and other blogs, some of whom I got to chat with (like Bad Barb Hicks and Natasha A of My Disorganized Ramblings review blog, Mandi aka Smexybooks, and Joy of Joyfully Reviewed) and some whom I wanted to chat with (like Beth Williamson and Monica Burns) but never managed to hook up with (even though Monica sat right on the other side of Cheryl at the book signing). I met new people like Viola Grace (a fellow Canadian who drove all the way down from Winnipeg!) and Cheryl — there’s a funny story about how we met her that I’ll tell later this week. And of course once I got home I realized that I’d not taken as many photos as I should have and never got pictures of myself with some of my favorite authors — like Lori Foster and Beth Kery and….oh, so many others! Ah, well, there’s always next year.
The conference appealed to me because I wasn’t having to stress about pitching to an editor or an agent, it was about connecting with the most important people of all — the readers. (As a writer, I learned a lot too because authors of all different publishing experiences were happy to chat with me. And ho boy, did I learn a lot while I was there!)
I’m still reeling from all the things I learned — everything from what swag works to what swag doesn’t (most of it) to how much romance readers (and authors, I’m looking at you Beth Kery) love chocolate, especially imported Canadian chocolate. 😉 Ooh, and I met a whole group of “Woo girls” at the bar one night who were so much fun I videotaped them and sent it to my husband who is a huge How I Met Your Mother fan and thought “Woo girls” were fictional. Anyway, I need to put my thoughts together and set up a series of posts to share everything.
In the meantime, my friend and fellow Samhain and Carina Press author Christine d’Abo has interviewed me over on her blog today so head on over there…