InD’Scribe 2016 – A Success!

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 confimg_6175erence 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!

Networking?

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, Maimg_6182rina 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.

Did I mention you get to meet cover models? Sean Hampton and Michael Foster are two of the sweetest and img_6343kindest young men you will ever have the pleasure of meeting!

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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. 😀 

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’. 

Workshops

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. 

img_6284Linda 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. 

THE PARTIES

InD’Tale knows how to through a party! As does Kathryn Le Veque!img_6362

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. img_6365

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 awimg_6390ards, you must purchase a ticket for that event. 

img_6402When 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? 

October 2017

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??

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Let Voting Begin!

This is such an exciting time for indie (independent) authors!  Week 2 of the reader portion of the 2016 RONE Awards begins today! What is a RONE? From the InD’Tale website:

‘Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award.  To achieve this award, a book  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.

  1. All books in each given year (January 1st – December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.
  2. All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public.  The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.
  3. The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.   Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.

All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!’

In 2014, my book, Rowan’s Lady won for Best Historical Pre-Medieval Novel! As soon as my office is done, that puppy is going on my mantle! 😀 

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Each Monday, new categories are posted on the InD’Tale website. Reader voting is an extremely important to the RONE process. Books need votes in order to move on to the second round. Without reader votes, our books don’t move forward.

After all the votes are tallied, those books with the most votes move on to the second round where they are read and judged by professionals in the publishing industry. The book with the top score wins the RONE for that category. Winning a RONE is like winning a Grammy! 😀

This year, I have several books up for RONE’s: The With Dreams Only Of You Anthology (voting took place last week), Caelen’s Wife for Best Historical Pre-Medieval (April 25 – May 1), Saving Moirra’s Heart for Best Novella (May 16 – 22), and The King’s Courtesan for Best Historical Post-Medieval (May 23 – 29).

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Some frequently asked questions:

Q: How do I vote? A: Just visit the InD’Tale Magazine Website by clicking here. You must be a subscriber to the magazine in order to vote. Don’t panic! It’s free, super easy, and they do not flood you with hundreds of emails a week. (One more reason I love the site!)

Q: Can I vote more than once? A: No. It is one vote per subscriber.

Q: When do we find out who moves on to the second round? A: Once all the votes are in and tallied.

Q: How long does voting last? A: 6 weeks. Each week they post new categories.

Q: Can I nominate a book? A: No. Only those books that were previously submitted to InD’Tale Magazine for a review and received a 4 or 5 star review are eligible.

Q: When do we find out who won? A: In October! None of us knows until the RONE awards ceremony that takes place on Saturday night during the InD’Scribe Author and Reader Conference!

Q: Can I attend the ceremony? A: YES! You can attend the entire conference if you want. Join us for a day or a week. (This is the most fun you’ll have at any conference!) Click here for more information.

I thank you all in advance for your kind support!

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