It was so worth the money I paid to attend this year’s RT Booklovers Convention. Not only did a learn a lot about writing but I met and made some new friends. I am a member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade (SFR Brigade) Facebook group. It’s full of friendly people that are great authors too.
And on Thursday I got to meet some of these people in person and attend some informative panels that will impact my writing in good ways. But right…there’s more! I also met two of my favorite writers (that aren’t part of the Facebook group).
So I arrived at the Rio Hotel and Casino at about 9 AM. I picked up my Thursday Only wrist band and wandered into the convention area. After some back and forth messaging with Pauline Baird Jones we found each other. I can’t say how thankful I was to hang with her for the day. She mentored me through panels, info fairs, and author signings. She was treasure trove of information and sound advice for really getting this done (this being writing and getting published).
First up was a SciFi panel event hosted by the SFR Brigade. It was called The Dangerous, The Devious, and The Irresistible. The Moderator was Linnea Sinclair with M. D. Waters, Isabo Kelly, Janet Miller, Colby Hodge, and Donna Frelick setting on the panel. It was a lively hour discussion about bad guys and how or even if they can be redeemed. I was really interested in this topic since I have not one, but two “bad” guys in my WIP, Taylor -Paranormal Operations, Inc. One is just so far gone to the dark side that he can’t be redeemed. The other…well…yeah he could be redeemed at some point. But do I want too? I had wondered if having two bad guys was too much. After the panel, I’m good with going ahead with the bad guy duo.
We went a Social Media fair where most, if not all, of the different social media types were there. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It was interesting, but you really don’t need to all of them. Pick one or two, maybe three and stick with those.
After that we went a book signing in Club RT (a huge room with tables for authors to meet fans). I met Veronica Scott. She’s is part of SFR Brigade and so nice.
The other panel we went to was for Kobo. They are kind of the Amazon of Canada (only they just do books). Kobo has more counties that they can sell to than Amazon and it sounded like they were easier to use and more attuned to the writers needs. Lots of really good info there.
At the Kobe panel I met another SFR Brigade member, Kyndra Hatch. And she’s local! We exchanged info so we can get together sometime.
I also met (Ok…more like ran into at the restroom) Eve Langlais. She writes with a great sense of humor and kick butt heroes/heroines. And I’m now the proud owner of black, frilly Minions (and NOT the cute little yellow ones!) apron.
Paige Taylor writes exciting books about paranormal cops and special ops agents. I was able to meet and talk to her for a few minutes ate the Social Media fair. I kind of fan girled out but she was OK with that. LOL
In between all of the above was lots of talking with Pauline about the ins and outs of being a writer and getting published. She had lots of good advice and was very encouraging. In fact everyone I met was that way.
Overall I’m so glad I went to RT 2016. I was way out of my comfort zone in doing this. I mean these women are the writers I buy and read. They work hard at their craft. They are the rock stars of romance writing. But you know what? They are human beings too. I found everyone I talked to and spent time with to be warm, personable, and just as happy to see the fans as the fans were to see them.
I only have one small regret…I didn’t see any real life hot, hunky cover models! Oh well…maybe next time!