I'm often told that once I decide on a course of action, I don't do things small. So, of course, the first writer's convention I attended in person was one of the largest in the country. With somewhere around four-thousand-plus attendees, the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention is extremely overwhelming for a newbie and I'm still processing most of what happened last week. Between taking part in my first ever author reading and trekking back to my room with an unbelievable amount of books, I didn't make nearly as many panels as I wanted, but I tried to be fully present wherever I was. Most importantly, I allowed myself time to go to "fun" panels as much as "informative" panels. Some last minute decisions brought me to panels with the best information. Here's what I came away with.
To wrap up, my first writer's convention was as enlightening as it was exhausting. I came away with a renewed sense of optimism and purpose. Take advantage of the above tips from some of the best in the romance business. I know I'm going to.
Harley Easton is a Renaissance woman dabbling in everything life offers. She's worked at a theme park, found expert witnesses, been a guest lecturer at a national museum, and worked with medical students. Putting experience and insanity to good use, she's become an author specializing in erotic, romantic, and speculative fiction.