ConCarolinas is my favorite convention. It’s a local con, just across the NC/SC border from me, so it’s almost like a great big reunion with all my favorite people every year. This year was a little different though. This was my first year going to the con as a guest! I was accepted as an editor guest on the writing track (yay, Clicking Keys!) and was able to sit on four fabulous panels with some amazing writers. I’m planning to do a separate post about each panel, so look for that coming up in the next few days. The panels I sat on were “Editors and Agents,” “Blogging for Writers,” “The Bad Ones,” and “Stereotypes and How to Avoid Them.”
What I really want to talk about today is the reason for attending conventions. For me (and many others, I’d imagine) it isn’t to make money or sell hundreds of books. Even though that’s great and definitely a factor, it’s secondary to the best reason for attending. The best reason? The people.
This year I was able to have lunch with two of my favorite writers on the planet have dinner with another wonderful, sweet, and amazing writer; share drinks with friends, fellow writers, and fellow editors; and meet so many new people. By the time I left, I was so exhausted that I could barely stand up, but I was so happy and fulfilled that it didn’t matter at all. I was able to spend time with people that I don’t normally get to see, get to know people I already knew a lot better, and make new friends.
I am so thankful to be a part of the writing community. It’s one of the warmest and most supportive groups I have ever met.
Here are some of the books I bought over the weekend. We have here (from top to bottom) Raising Hell and Straight to Hell by John G. Hartness, Behind the Red Door by Alexandra Christian, Living Dead Girl and Windfire by Tamsin L. Silver, The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy, and War of the Seasons book 2 by Janine Spendlove.
My buddy Sharon Stogner of Devil in the Details Editing Services took this picture of me and my family in the lobby. How cool is that fountain?
This is my husband, Jason Gilbert (who runs Fail-Flix) setting up the table with his books, Faith Hunter‘s books, and Misty Massey‘s books. (Misty usually has chocolate treasures, y’all.)
And, last but not least, here I am taking a selfie with Baart from I Smell Sheep while waiting for the Blogging for Writers panel to start.
I am ready to do it again! I hope to have printed books to sell next year, as my first season of the Maggie stories will be out at the end of September.