I’m back! Life was insanely crazy building up to the conference, and stayed insanely busy all the way through. But we made it, and the word on the street–or loops–is that the ECWC was pretty darn fabulous. Great speakers, workshops, raffle baskets, agents/editors…. I don’t think I got more than five hours of sleep between Wednesday and Sunday. In fact, my POV for this conference is going to be more from someone working it. Meaning not as detailed. Let me try and do a small recap!
Wednesday night I arrived at the hotel and helped stuff goody bags for like…oh, I believe four hours. I was exhausted by the end of the night, but it was fun! Here’s a pic of the goody bag party–and that was just part of the promo stuff!
Thursday night was the librarian event–my first time attending–which was pretty darn cool as well. I had the opportunity to speak with local librarians, talk about my writing and upcoming books. How fabulous is that? Here’s a picture of a group of us who did dinner before hand, four of us were the ‘erotic authors’ table. Susan Lyons, me, Jaquie Rogers (non-erotic author), Emma Petersen, Lacy Danes
Friday…the conference began! I’m going to try and recap, but so much of it is a bit of a blur! I’m telling you, I was so busy I only attended one workshop this entire conference! It was Friday, and it was Angela James one about epubs. I realized I had a few free minutes and came in late. Angela is so sweet and funny, and I’m so proud to be a part of Samhain. Susan Mallery was our speaker that night and she did a fabulous job! Such a great talk about having goals. I’d tell you the ones I made that night, but then I’d have to kill you. <grin> I will say…they’re good ones.
Lauren Dane and I listening to the agent/editor panel after dinner
Saturday we had lots of great workshops and at lunch Julia Quinn spoke. She was funny and charming. And then we had the book signing later that night! My first one where I was signing my very own book. I sold 16 out of 20 copies, which I’m told is pretty darn good! I bought the last four (hello, discount and future prizes!) and gave one signed one to Cherry Adair. Since she’s the reason I finished that book! The board also invites the agents/editors out to dinner, though many skipped out this year. And we were missing three board members at dinner! But it was intimate, fun, and we had a yummylicious meal! Then we came back to the hotel for Club Muse and some fun and fabulous dancing for the next three hours! Even the staff got down and danced with us! At one point (near the end of the night I did twist my ankle. But a very nice editor from WRP helped me up and he made sure I was okay.)
Me speaking (as I did quite a bit!)
Julia Quinn speaking
Signing next to the wonderful Marianne Stillings (whose book will be in Cosmo soon!)
Dinner with part of the GSRWA board and editor Deb Werksman and agent Carolyn Grayson
Staff from the hotel dancing with the girls!
Sunday was the wrap up with more workshops and then Allison Brennan as a closing speaker. She was fun and made some great points! And in tradition, we had Cherry Adair close the conference with her Write the Damn Book talk. To which she again just proved what a wonderful and generous person she is.
Cherry and I with my book Dangerous Grounds (a book I finished because of her!)
Cherry doing her talk
A random shot of those who succeeded at Cherry’s challenge!
Christina Arbini won the Naughty and Spice basket!
Well I had a wonderful conference! I got to know so many people better (someone actually said I had a great butt, and I can’t TELL you how happy that made me! It was after shaking it on the dance floor ;) I networked, I made new friends, grew closer to others. And I have a ton of pics, but just wanted to toss a few up on my blog for now. Maybe tomorrow…or not tomorrow, going to be busy tomorrow (ack, remind me to blog about that later) I’ll post some more pictures and stories!
Hugs to all who attended and I hope you had as wonderful of a time as I did!