Last week, I attended my first writing convention for romance writers. The entire event went beyond the expectations I had when I arrived. I met both aspiring and published authors. I met indie, traditional, and hybrid authors. I met bloggers, readers, and the people who work behind the scenes to help authors make this a career. All of these people, whether they know it or not, have impacted my life and the way I will approach my writing moving forward.
Each day there was something new and exciting for me to learn. In high school and even in college, I dreaded going to glass. I didn’t want to sit there for an hour listening to someone talk. But at the convention, I couldn’t wait to get to the next class to hear what those authors had to say. I can honestly admit that each and every panel I attended has helped me one way or another.
Like most book lovers, I was also thrilled with the idea that I was about to meet some of my favorite authors. I had this plan – I was going to get a photo with each of the authors whose writing inspired me to write. A few authors I had no problem asking, but one particular author, my hands shook the entire time. I couldn’t tell you why that happened – everyone attending the convention was always happy to take photos and sign books.
Overall, the experience was one I’ll never forget. The lines are definitely something I will never ever forget. Hence, all the selfies last week 🙂