This summer has been a big one for me with many writing events and trips. As I write this, I’m getting ready for two big events – The Writer’s Police Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin and a three-week trip to Alaska with my husband. Both will be quite the adventures.
One of the places I went to this summer was the Romance Writers of America Convention in Denver, Colorado in July. I hadn’t been to one of their conventions in quite a few years, so I was excited to attend again.
This one was a bit different for me. I wasn’t published when I attended the last one and, other than my friends from my writer’s group, I didn’t know anyone. I ran from workshop to workshop trying to soak up as much information as I could. I was in awe of the famous authors in attendance and wondered how they got where they were in their careers.
This time, I attended the convention as a published author. I was still in awe of the famous authors I met, but didn’t wonder how they got where they were. I knew how much work it took to achieve success.
I also knew so many people at the convention – some whom I’d just seen at Wild Deadwood Reads in Deadwood, South Dakota. It was a blast FINALLY meeting friends
I’d only known through Facebook.
As in the past, I didn’t rush from workshop to workshop, but chose those I thought would be fun. I went to a lot of the publisher book signings, got tons of free books, and talked to authors about being on my radio show, “Your Book Garden.” I also did a lot of networking, which is so important in our business.
I also got to do something I always enjoy – spending time with Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko, our wonderful editors at Soul Mate. I had some one-on-one time with them along with attending their author gathering on Friday night, where I got to meet and get to know several other SMP authors. Some of us took a break from partying and went to the Prism Awards where our own Steve Mitchell was up in the Fantasy/Futurastic
All-in-all, the convention was great. I was exhausted after the long drive home, which included driving almost the entire state of South Dakota before finding a hotel room at midnight. Evidently there were several state tournaments going on and finding a room was near to impossible.
Will I attend another convention? You bet. Was it worth the time and money? Definitely. If you’ve never been to one, I highly recommend it.
Tina’s first book with Soul Mate, “Riding for Love,” was published in May of 2013. Since then, she has had several more mysteries and been included in anthologies. Tina lives in northwestern Wisconsin with her husband of forty-five years. She loves writing romantic mysteries where, of course, there is always a happily ever after.
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