Note: Rox had internet issues today so I’m posting her blog for her – we apologize for the delay!
Kylie Brant, Cindy Gerard, my daughter Emily and I just got home Sunday night after a fun and memorable convention experience at the RT Book Reviews Magazine’s annual convention in Chicago, and I’ve just got to share!
The hotel was beautiful and there were nonstop events to choose from—-dozens of workshops, many events at which readers could mingle with their favorite authors, parties every night, and a huge book signing.
There was an awards ceremony as well–and riders from this blog came away with several: Michele Hauf won the 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for her Harlequin Nocture, Fallen, and I was fortunate enough to win one for my Love Inspired Suspense, Murder at Granite Falls. But Cindy Gerard received greater recognition with a beautiful trophy for being a Pioneer of Genre Fiction. Way to go, Cindy!
Regional and national conferences are a great way for writers to stay connected with each other. Armed with a smart phone with an ap for a handy restaurant review guide, plus we found wonderful places to eat. At Bob Chin’s, (a recommendation from Cindy’s trusty Tropical Fish Man) a group of us
met for a wonderful dinner including the best crab legs ever, and a charming Asian waitress who proved to be a devoted romance reader. Do you recognize any of the writers in the group photo? Starting in the back: Gennita Low, me, Kylie Brant, and my daughter Emily. Front row: Sylvia Day(RWA President elect), Cindy Gerard, and Karen Tabke.
If the convention sounds interesting, you can mark your calendar for 2013! The convention will be in the Sheraton Crown Center (formerly Hyatt Crown Center) in St. Louis. Dates are May 1st-May 5th, 2013.
Sooo….have you ever been to a writers or readers conference? Book signing events? What were the best ones you can remember?