I survived my first RT convention last week in Dallas. It was intense but also a lot of fun to talk with other authors and - best of all - readers. Here's what I learned:
1. There are a lot of authors. It's a common lament that now that anyone can get a book published, the market is flooded. What's not stated enough is how supportive authors are of each other. Even the famous ones were friendly, and it was great to meet people face to face whom I've only interacted with online.
2. It seems like most people read (and write) more than one genre. This made me very happy since I've now gotten contracts in three but can only handle one pen name, so I feel like I'm up against a branding challenge. It's really nice to know others are in the same or a similar situation.
3. My strategy of not sharing a room at conferences is the correct one for me, even if it does make attending more expensive. I didn't do a lot of the evening activities and am still exhausted even though I've had two days to recover. I call it an introvert hangover.
I'm much better today, though, so here are a couple of events I'm hoping some of y'all in the Atlanta area will join me for:
Tomorrow evening I'm leading a discussion of The Mountain's Shadow at Avondale Estates' Little Wine Shop. They'll have munchies and wine, and tickets are $15 apiece. I'll also have swag to give away. All you have to do is have already read (or read if you're really fast) The Mountain's Shadow and be female. Yep, it's the Wine, Women, & Words book club. You can RSVP here.
This coming Thursday, May 21, I'm having my belated release party for A Perfect Man at JavaMonkey in downtown Decatur. There will also be wine and munchies (see the theme?) as well as giveaways. All genders are welcome. How many genders are there? It is Decatur, after all. No RSVP necessary, but if you really want to let me know you're coming, please respond to my Facebook event.
Finally, I've tried to get in touch with the winners of the Rafflecopter giveaway for the $50 Visa Gift card, leather-bound journal, and autographed book. I did hear back from the necklace winner but haven't from the others. If you did enter the 12 Days to Perfect raffle, please check your spam folders. The first names and last initials of the winners are:
Gift card: Karrie M. (followed me on Twitter)
Journal: Rosie R. D. (liked my Facebook page)
Autographed BHB book: Wendy B. (liked my Facebook page, knows me irl)