|Me, Nancy Bilyeau, Amy Bruno, Sophie Perinot|
I had an amazing time.
Some off-the-top-of-my-head points:
- I rode in the same van as Diana Gabaldon on the way to the conference, and me and my fellow shuttle-mates all tried to play it super cool. Gabaldon was incredibly gracious.
- Amy of Passages to the Past and Historical Novel Virtual Book Tours and Heather of The Maiden's Court are as fabu as one would expect and I'm grateful that they were my con buddies! (Also, how crazy is it that I had to go to Florida to meet Heather, who lives, like, 40 minutes away from me!?!)
- got to meet bloggers like Meg of A Bookish Affair and reviewer/author/GoodReads friend Jane Steen
- every author I met was adorable, gracious, enthusiastic, collegial, sweet, and supportive, not just of each other, but of the aspiring writers, bloggers, readers, and fans
- had the head spinning experience of people gasping when they met me!
- the panels were fun and interesting -- loved hearing writers talking about their craft and geek out about their passions
- my panel went well and I'm grateful to have been a part of it with Julie K. Rose, Andrea Connell, and Heather Domin (Julie has posted our list of highly recommended off-the-beaten path historical fiction if you're curious!). My three co-panelists were awesome and put up with my jittery chattiness!
- I came home with only 8 books (I exercised self control!): two purchased, three from the swag bag, and three gifted to me
- the conference hotel is allegedly haunted, and I'm glad I learned this after leaving!
A handful of us tried to live-tweet the conference, but as the wifi was a bit spotty in the hotel, the tweet stream might not be the easiest way to get a sense of the conference. I storified/created a story of the conference to attempt to share some of the flavor. I miss the conference so much already!