This past weekend was hectic, but fabulous! Friday, after a great Keynote Address by Tiffany King, we were offered the opportunity to attend various panels. The schedule was as follows:
Panel 1A- Got Flexibility? (Tiffany King, Elise Marion, Courtney Cole, Casse Narome)
Panel 1B- Got Reach? (Kobo Writing Life Presentation)
Panel 2A- Got Serials? (Rebecca Ethington, Sarra Cannon, Rene Folsom, Tricia Zoeller)
Panel 2B- Got Gore? (Rick Chiantaretto, Melanie Karsak, Adam Kunz, Jennifer Martinez)
Panel 3A- Got Character? (Maria V. Snyder, Claudia Gray, Ben Hale, Adam Kunz)
Panel 3B- Got Grit? (Kristie Cook, Amy Miles, K. S. Thomas, Carol Kunz)
Panel 4A- Got Diversity? (Elise Marion, Casse Narome, Kristina Circelli, Nadege Richards)
Panel 4B- Got Game? (Kristie Cook, Rick Miles, Tawdra Kandle, Mandie Stevens)
Panel 5- Got Mad Author Love? (All authors attending Indie Bookfest!) – This was an interactive event where authors were seated at round tables and readers rotated from table to table every five minutes to learn about the authors and ask questions. (See photo below)
Panel 6- Got Fantasy? (Maria V. Snyder, Claudia Gray, GP Ching, Chanda Hahn)
Panel 7- Got Romance? (Tabatha Vargo, Wendy Owens, Sawyer Bennett, Ceci Giltenan)
Budge and I had lunch with Tricia Zoeller, Christin Lovell, and Rene Folsom but went to Wolfgang Puck’s at Downtown Disney by ourselves that night. The garden vegetable pizza was awesome!
Saturday was the Book Signing Event from 1-4 p.m.
(Photo above of me at my table with promo material for Prim and Proper that was given out as a bonus to attendees along with a signed copy of True: 3 Short Stories)
I got a chance to talk with a few other authors and to visit more with that sweetheart named Danielle Linhart of Danielle’s Dazzling Designs before it started, but then I was pretty much tied to my table. I’m not complaining. I sold and signed books, had a gift basket raffle that included signed copies of my current releases, magnets, jewelry, swag, and merchandise for Prim and Proper, even though the cover reveal isn’t until August 27th. Those who attended Indie BookFest 2014 got a sneak peek at the cover, and everyone remarked on how HOT it was. Since that was the goal, I was pleased. Congratulations to Sam of Virginia, my gift basket winner!
I do wish I’d had more time to visit the tables I didn’t get to check out before the signings started. At least at the after party that nightI did get to hang out with some of the authors I wasn’t able to interact with earlier in the day. Then, Budge and I went to Ghirardelli in Downtown Disney across the street for shakes to end our day. Yummy!
We headed back home Sunday, and I’ve been doing the sort-and-scramble thing ever since! It was a full but worthwhile weekend, and I’m so glad I was able to participate and interact with my fellow authors and with readers during the panels and Q&A on Friday and the book signing on Saturday.
I love my time spent at conferences and the connections I make with other authors and readers. We’re all readers and share a love of books. Being a part of this community is an amazing and wonderful thing, and I’m thrilled every time I hear the words, “Oh, my God! I loved this book you wrote! It changed my life/gave me such pleasure/made me cry/made me laugh!” Reaching others through words brings me joy, no matter whether I hear it through an e-mail, post, or in person. However, meeting those people face-to-face is a special treat, and I relish it every time. Indie BookFest 2014 was yet another fantastic way to bring everyone together.
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