Saturday, May 24, 2014
After Action Report on Attending a Con in the Big Easy
I've done RWA and enjoyed the experience, including the book signing. (And no, this post isn't going to be about my experience in the Indie Book Signing Room at RT - other people have told that tale very well, from all angles and I can't add much. I went, I sat, I signed, it was crowded and the lines were horrendous, I met wonderful Readers.)
I've attended NASA conferences over the years, mostly the ones about project management and let me tell you, they were fascinating if you enjoy science and the business of working in teams to accomplish great things for humankind (and meeting astronauts), all of which I do...but, not at all like a writers' conference!
OK, so on to my conclusions. I did feel the hotel and RT itself made valiant efforts but weren't as organized as they could have been for the size of crowd they got. Everyone told me this year's crowd was bigger than ever before. Still, despite the lines and the occasional very long wait for the snazzy elevators, I had fun and got to most of the events I wanted to attend. I saw Mardi Gras floats.I heard zydeco music played live. I had fabulous desserts at the Harlequin party. I reconnected with all my wonderful Carina Press friends at the CP lunch...
I met Nalini Singh! And got her new book - signed!!! So that was the highest priority goal, achieved LOL. My fangirl moment.
I did catch up with a lot of people I'd hoped to see, although there were a few people I just never did manage to find.
I got crocodile mardi gras beads and wore them everywhere. Also my blingy NOLA earrings. Great conversation starters!
I walked down Bourbon Street all by myself at night and attended a wonderful party in what they tell me was a renovated 1800's bordello. Coolest house EVER..... Thank you, Jeffe, for the invite!
I now have a new goal in life, to be a panelist on a Linnea Sinclair science fiction romance panel! The ones she "captained" at RT were wonderful fun...
I do need to write a sequential series next year, not "just" connected-stye series books. Mulling over plot ideas, either SFR or ancient Egypt, which are my two niches.
I have to be more organized for myself at my next RT (oh yes, I'll be going again) and get where I need to be when I need to be there. Allow more time for the lines.
So all in all, I did enjoy RT and think it was worth repeating the experience. I met so many Readers, Book Sellers, Book Bloggers, Industry People, Authors.....FUN. I have a better handle on what swag worked and what didn't. (Cute mummy-shaped suckers=GOOD. Heiroglyphic pencils=Meh) I know I want to have a huge elevator poster for my books but not one of a guy's naked six pack that hasn't been airbrushed (so we could see every hair follicle and mole at ten times life-size, NOT sexy IMHO). I want to be in Club RT.
Although tired and jet lagged and back at the day job right away this past Monday, I came home re-energized about my writing and determined to achieve full-time author status, the sooner the better. Easier said than done, but if I really pay attention to getting the words on the paper before I dive into the social media, or doing anything else, I can get there.
This is your reporter, Veronica Scott, over and out!
Posted by Veronica Scott
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything.