May 7th, 2013
Romantic Times Convention 2013

Today I’m feeling a little bit more human. Going to conferences/conventions wears me out. I’m not used to so much socializing. I went to a lot of social networking talks. Yes, the irony is not lost on me. Actually got a lot of good information from them. Ways to approach social networking that I can personally live with, since I’m not the Queen of the Social Network Universe.

I participated in the Indie/Ebook signing with my paperbacks. Yes, you read that correctly. The interesting thing I noticed during the signing was that the books that did the best were niche genres. Male on male romances sold the best by far. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large gay and lesbian reader turnout. Of course, their presence didn’t help me much, since I write hetero romances. I did have several people stop by my table to ask if I wrote M/M romances because they loved my Phantom anthology covers. No surprise there. Those cover models are hot guys. I did enjoy talking to the lady next to me. She was a lovely author named, Carla Swafford, who kept me giggling the whole time. I was also seated next to Damon Suede, who was incredibly popular at the signing. He writes M/M romances (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what they were). Damon had the most amazing set up, including a massive billboard-like poster behind him. Readers flocked to him. He was a lovely gentleman, who stripped down in front of me, then gave me some wonderful advice. His grandpa told him to make sure that anything you give away (swag wise) should have decent weight to it. One or two pounds is perfect. People equate weight to quality and aren’t as likely to throw items away if they weigh more. Actually makes sense if you think about it. Stripping aside, he was very, very good at promoting his work (presentation wise and with his choice of items).

I attended a talk by several Montlake authors. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped because unfortunately most of the time was taken up by the authors explaining how they ended up publishing with Montlake, so there wasn’t much time left for questions. The only thing that I found out was that they seemed happy, even though they were giving up a large chunk of their distribution, because they believed that they were still reaching a greater number of readers overall. Which makes sense. They have author assigned reps that work specifically with each author. Anniversaries and milestones are celebrated in a big way. They also have input when it comes to covers, etc. That was about all that was answered before the session ended. I’ve thought about submitting directly to Amazon, but I was never sure if it was worth giving up the added distribution.

Other than that, I really just enjoyed seeing some of my friends (J.A. Templeton, P.T. Michelle, and Kathy Love) and getting to meet authors I’ve talked to over the years, but never met. I’m looking at you Shiloh, Ilona, Rachel (I actually met Rachel a long time ago, but it was nice seeing her again.), Lauren, Erin (Who I’ve also known since the Lori Foster Kensington Brava contest), Christine, and Jeaniene.

Went to see Iron Man last night. It was fun. Not as good as the first one, but entertaining enough to watch a couple of times. Will probably go back again this weekend, since next weekend is reserved for Star Trek. Yes, I already have tickets. 🙂

8 comments to “Romantic Times Convention 2013”

  1. So THAT’S where you were signing! I brought Red and couldn’t find you in the big hall, lol.

  2. Oh crap! I’m so sorry, Jackie! 🙁 Unfortunately, I wasn’t given a choice. I had to either sign at the Indie signing or not at all. If you give me your address (privately), I can send you a signed bookplate. I know it’s not the same thing. I am so, so sorry. I hate hearing that.

  3. Interesting encounters. 🙂

  4. Bernard, I think you would’ve been right at home. *ggg 😉 Or maybe not. Snort!

  5. Yeah… maybe not. 🙂

  6. Bernard, *ggg

  7. I had so much fun sitting next to you too! Such a small world and I hope that means I’ll get to see you often. For sure in New Orleans next year!


  8. Carla, I had such a fun time sitting next to you. Truly enjoyed talking to you. Here’s hoping. 🙂