Finally, my favorite time of year is almost upon us. No, not Christmas. Since my kids are grown and gone, my favorite time is conference time for all things book related. While my schedule isn’t as full as last year, I’ve got some great things coming up this year.
In 2 weeks I’m headed to Los Angeles for the RT Booklovers Convention. This puppy is huge with lots of authors and readers. There’s panels (yes, I’ll be on one), book signings, an award ceremony and of course, parties. Lots of parties including a vampire ball and faerie ball. Dean Koontz will be there as a special guest and the fan favorite cover model competition. And did I mention that it will be in Los Angeles? I’m just hoping I have enough time to stop at Disneyland. After all, I am a kid at heart.
At the end of April, I’ll be headed to Huntsville, AL for the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon. I’ve never been there and I’ve heard it’s a great time. Another new event to break in.
I also get to go to BEA (Books Expo America) in New York. I was only there for one day a couple of years ago and I had a blast. It’s so exciting with tons of authors, publishers and any with anything to do with publishing. I was like a kid in a candy store and I was only in the exhibit hall. This year I’m hoping to go to some of the actual sessions.
The other big conference in New York will be the RWA (Romance Writers of America). I’m honored to be on a panel there this year. Their book signing is amazing. It’s free and open to the public with all monies from books sold going to literacy. It gives me chills to see fans lined up to meet their favorite authors and discover new ones. Although this is a working conference for many of the writers, there always seems to be time to socialize and the publishers parties are to die for. I’m expecting a lot since the event is on their home turf. And I’ll also get to attend Lady Jane’s Salon where they have authors read from their own books in a very cozy atmosphere with an audience of enthusiastic romance fans.
In between, I’ll be flying to Detroit to give a workshop to their GDRWA members. I love the intimate gatherings and getting to know both the published and unpublished authors in the group. There’s also the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books where I’ll be on both a panel and acting as a moderator for a panel of romance authors.
I’ve been invited to do a workshop with author Dianna Love for the GRW in Atlanta. Since I’ve gotten to attend a meeting of theirs in the past, I know the talent in this group. Excited to visit with all of them again. I’ll be in Ohio twice this year. Once for their reader luncheon and once for their Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Annual Conference in Columbus where I’ll be doing a workshop. More people to share the joys of Facebook and Twitter with.
If I win the lottery, I’d love to attend Moonlight and Magnolias, RomCon, Novelists, Inc., Thrillerfest, Emerald City, WRW, New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, Crimebake, WisRWA and many more. But it’s always fun to dream about and hopefully some people will step up to be cub reporters for the events I cannot attend. I know my readers love reading about the events they can’t always attend and I’m honored to represent them. I try to report back what it’s like to be a reader living the dream.
Here’s where I’ll be this year:
RT - April 6-10 Los Angeles
Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon – April 30 – Huntsville
GDRW – May 17 – Detroit
GRW – May 21 – Atlanta
BEA - May 23-26 New York
SEWFB - June 17-18 Waukesha
Lady Jane’s Salon – June 27 – New York
RWA – June 28-July 1 – New York
DragonCon - September 2-5 – Atlanta
Central Ohio Fiction Writers – September 30-October 1 – Columbus
Ohio Readers Luncheon – October 20 – Medina
Bottom Line: I think there should be a magic card, just for me, that lets me travel to every single conference.