I had the pleasure of attending another successful InD’Scribe Author and Reader Conference!
While it is good to be home, I find that I am missing my friends. Not just my author friends, but the fabulous women (and men) who help make InD’Scribe such a success. I have to tip my hat to TJ Mackay and her team. The conference was flawless. If there were any issues, I didn’t see them.
The conference was made even more special by the fact that I was able to bring my youngest daughter and my cousin with me! It was the adventure and trip of a lifetime!
We really have to come up with a better name! This isn’t ‘networking’ in the traditional sense, or at least I didn’t think so. I think ‘building friendships’ is a better description. I met so many new women and men this year. Authors whose names I recognize along with a few new ones. Kate O’Keefe, Elizabeth Essex, Marina Adair, Kathryn Biel, Rebecca Forster, Rachel Van Dyken, Kristen Vayden, Whitney Dineen… the list is endless! These were new-to-me faces and authors and honestly, I could not help but fall in love with each of them! I know I’m probably neglecting to mention more names and I do apologize for that.
It was also nice to meet in person people whom I have worked with in the past. Eliza Knight is the first to come to mind. Such a beautiful soul and a charming young woman. And Barbara Devlin. OMG! She is one of the funniest and kindest women I have ever met. :D
It was also great to see old friends. Kathryn Le Veque (my daughter now calls her Aunt Kat!) Amy Jarecki, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Catherine Bybee, Victoria Zak (who my daughter and cousin have deemed ‘the sweetest woman on the planet’.
There were workshops for all levels of authors. From beginners to more advanced classes. As always, my most favorite classes were the one’s Anne Perry taught. If you ever get the chance to sit in on an Anne Perry Workshop, do it! You will not be disappointed.
Linda Rae Sande gave a great workshop on AuthorPreneurhsip that even I found useful! She is one exceedingly organized woman. So much so that I’m jealous. I will start using her techniques on organizing files.
InD’Tale knows how to through a party! As does Kathryn Le Veque!
I had the honor to host my own party with Rachel Van Dyken, Beth Carter, Eliza Knight, and Jennifer Ashley. We had a bruschetta bar along with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. They hotel even provided waiters to walk through the crowds with trays of food. We gave away some awesome prizes too. Readers and authors were welcome to attend these parties and they were a blast.
Kathryn Le Veque went all out with decorations and music. My favorite part though had to be the dessert bar! Cake pops, cup cakes, cookies… they are all delicious. We also danced the night away!
Who Does It Better?
This was one FUN event! Together with Arial Burnz, Victoria Vane, Victoria Zak, Linda Rae Sande, and Maureen Betita, we had a little event for our readers called “Who Does It Better?” Who was the better lover or character, a Highlander, a cowboy, a vampire, a dragon shifter, or a pirate? I was lucky enough to snag cover model Michael Foster and bring him in as my example. Yes, the Highlander won! Was it cheating? I think not! lol
Thinking of attending next year?
Oh, I hope you do!! Whether it is for a day or the entire conference, you will not be disappointed. Especially the readers. While it might not have looked like there were lots of things for readers to do, there were!! Readers can attend the evening parties, reader sessions (such as who does it better) as well as the book signing and the RONE Awards. Most of the events are free for readers, but because of the food served at the RONE awards, you must purchase a ticket for that event.
When you attend as a reader, we just worship you! There are lots of hugs passed out, as well as candy and even chances to have some one on one time with your favorite authors. Did I mention free hugs and chocolate?
InD’Scribe will be announcing very soon the schedule for next year’s conference. They are 99.9% certain it will be held in October again. If you get the chance to attend as an author, you should! The workshops, the friendships forged, and the chance to meet your readers are all great reasons to attend.
If you attend as a reader, the chance to meet your favorite authors, dance the night away, and attend the stellar RONE awards are just a few of the great reasons to go. And did I mention free hugs and candy??