Saturday, I drove to Columbus and attended a writer's conference. In truth, I could have skipped the morning sessions, as the topics weren't anything I was particularly interested in, other than CS Marks, since I recognized her name. But I did browse the vendor tables and spoke with other authors and publishers. So the morning wasn't a total waste of time, lol!
The afternoon was more interesting. As you know by now, I'm always on the lookout for what might help other aspiring authors, so I paid particular attention to the 'Journaling Through Your Grief' and 'Memoir Writing' for friends who have asked about this. The Keynote Speaker delivered a very entertaining speech, as did the editor on re-writing. I confess I missed most of the re-write workshop, since I went to the lobby to talk to the romance author whose session I'd missed in favor of picking the brain of the grief-journal lady.
Here's some pics of the conference:
Author CS Marks. I knew her name sounded familiar, so I sent a text to BC Brown and asked if we'd met her at RT or maybe she'd met CS at the conference in Louisville. Turns out, they met in Louisville:) She's holding her latest book, Fire King. If you're a fan of fantasy, check her out:)
Met a Scotsman who graciously answered the age-old question "What does a Scot wear under his kilt?' Answer: "It depends on the weather."
And since I asked that question, he decided to pose with me:) "Dear lady....I pledge my alliance to you."
Vampire Author Candy Crum. The theater was dark, and no matter where I stood, the pics all came out dark.
The panel discussion: L-R: Darby Rae, Paul Hoffman, Candy Crum, Leigh Savage, Sue Breeding, Tracy Winters, Vicki Weaver
Rest of the panel: L-r: Candy, Leigh, Sue, Tracy, Vicki, and Ron Collins
Myself with romance author/poet Suzanne Purewal
YA Author Darby Rae. Couldn't seem to catch her on the panel looking at the camera!
All in all, it was a good networking experience. Will I go again next year? Undecided. Maybe I'll try for a Featured Author slot, since Balancing Act will be in print by then.