At the time, he said he was coming to RT, and at the very end of the book signing, on Saturday, I finally got to meet him. Oh my!
|Elle James and Susan Stoker were fun to hang out with!|
Again, let me stress, the beauty of going to these events is to learn something new. Not drop everything and do everything new. Except in my case. LOL. Let me explain.
I've done 10 boxed sets and been involved in 3 Kindle Worlds. I've been involved in joint promotional activities, attended conferences as keynote speaker and panelist, and bench warmer. I've attended book signings and sold one book, and others where I sold 80 or more. I've listened, and tried to pick out events that others say are "good", but like everything else, this is elusive and inconsistent from year to year.
The costs, however, are the same. Everyone complains about RT and RWA for their expenses. In my recent history I've spent more money at some small cons, and triple that at my own book signing. Bigger isn't always more expensive. Smaller isn't always better, just like big isn't either.
This year, I kind of liked the screamig fandom of RT. I have to admit, I don't care that I don't have the long, long lines that wrap around the hallways. Some day I will. And those were mostly for parties. I didn't go in on any parties, except for the Military Tribute (thank you Kim Lowe SOS Aloha for starting this tradition and Elle James this year for doing such an outstanding job of running it), and for that I went all out. Now I have regular table-goers. I even saw a couple of other authors who have nothing to do with military romance attend. It was nice to hear the Star Spangled Banner, and O Canada, plus songs from every branch of service. I sold raffle tickets for my Aloha Shirt Quilt project. I'm getting used aloha shirts mailed to me from all over the U.S. I have enough for several quilts. One will be auctioned off (this one, lovingly made by Sandie Grise), and others donated to military families. The proceeds of the raffle are going to benefit the Navy SEAL/UDT Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
|Lovingly made by|
Sandie Grise from old Aloha shirts. See more info on how
you can get involved or donate/buy a raffle ticket or send material at
Operation Aloha Shirt Quilt Project.
I loved talking about this project to a room full of believers. How refreshing while we screamed and sought out free books and SWAG from other authors, to take time out to thank the veterans who sacrificed for us all. Who made it possible for us to have this crazy life we have.
Oh, and yes, the occasional cover model squeeze didn't dampen my spirits one bit!
I hope that you will join me at RWA, and other conventions. I want to get to know you as readers and other authors I've known on the internet but not had the pleasure to meet in person. I'm limiting my convention going to just a few, and, sadly, I've had to cancel a bunch of commitments I just couldn't meet. I've been putting my writing last, and that's never a good idea. There won't be any boxed sets, anthologies, Kindle Worlds or other things for the next year. They just aren't on my program. Not saying they aren't good, just not part of my program.
I'm dedicating my next 12 months to big reader events and some valuable craft events like NINC. I'm devoting my next few months of writing to get more books out there. I looked long and hard for better promoters, better advertisers, better PAs and VAs. The bottom line is I have everything in place. All I need is more content.
So I walk away inspired and fresh, believe it or not, after a big convention, and yes schlepping books around up and down the hallways (that was the sum total of my exercise). I gave away over 60 books, and sold about 20, then gave away countless more - I think in all about 100 books.
Why did I ever think I needed to give them anything else but a sample of my writing, my talent. In the end, that's all I really have to share with anyone...
Come with me on this journey! What's your plan for the next 12 months?
|The incredible Sylvia Day|
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.