Saturday, May 4, 2013
Published Author Travels by Grace Burrowes
When the nice editor calls and says, "I'd like to publish your books," nobody warns you of some of the salient realities that go with publication. Among those realities, at least in the romance sphere, is attendance at conferences. One of the big conferences is the Romantic Times Booklovers Conference, which is going on in Kansas City as I write this.
Truly, RT, as it is known, is a fun time. The venues are chosen to accommodate people who want to connect--readers, authors, editors, agents, publicists, cover models, and others--and have a good time when they get together. Individual authors host parties and hospitality suites, publishers extend a welcome librarians, readers and booksellers; workshops cover everything from how Victorian gentlemen dressed from the skin out, to how to create an effective tagline.
What's an introverted author with a couple deadlines looming to do?!
The things that make a conference successful for me are small, though it has taken me a while to figure them out. HYDRATE like a camel, get at least an hour of quiet and solitude between forays across the lobby, among the workshops, and among the readers. Wear COMFORTABLE shoes. Always have a give away book in my saddle bag, because when I don't know what else to say, "May I sign a book for you?" will often do.
ONE drink per evening.
Balance group encounters with one to one meetings.
I expect as time goes on, I'll get better at not only attending these gatherings, but enjoying them. I'll leave Kansas City with some ideas for next year, a renewed sense of camaraderie with readers and other authors, and a renewed appreciation for peace and quiet.
What about you? How do you travel comfortably, and if you attend conferences, how do you make them more enjoyable for you?
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