I am back from the very fun event in Atlanta. I had so much fun I almost hated to see it end. I was ready to see the hubby and kids though. I’m really glad I went.
I met some amazing people that were great to talk with while there. I didn’t get to spend much time with the other authors in my group. I had intended on getting to know them a little better on a personal level and not just online. It didn’t work out that way though.
I wandered and spoke to different groups in the hotel if I didn’t have anything scheduled at that time. I attended panels to ask questions and get some insight as well as sitting on panels. I learned just as much sitting on panels as I did attending them.
I believe the reason for going to these events is to meet new people and make connections. Selling books is a bonus but not the focus of these events. I try to get as much as I can out of these events. It is an opportunity to get the opinions of many other authors. I also get the opinion of readers and what they are looking for.
It doesn’t matter if you write the same genre or if the reader does not read your genre you can still connect and talk in general. A lot of the information can be used in any genre.
I met some authors that I have seen at other cons. I would have to say the thing that surprised me the most is on author that came to a panel I was on and was asking questions. I had considered this author as one that was much bigger than I am. She is a best selling author so I couldn’t see what she could learn from me. As she asked questions and interacted with the panel I realized that I shouldn’t put other authors above me. We are all the same. They may be best sellers and further along on their journey but they started at the beginning and were once exactly where I am today.
I have a few more events this year and I am really excited to enjoy them. If there is an event that you would like to see me at, send me a message and I will see if I can get there.
Until next time, make sure to enjoy the ride!