If you keep up with the romance community, you probably know that there are two major conferences every year for romance writers and readers. One is in the spring and it’s the Romantic Times convention, which is in New Orleans next year and already booking up fast. The second is in the summer and is called the Romance Writers of America Conference, or RWA. This summer that conference took place in Atlanta, not far from where I live, so of course I had to go! These conferences are huge, and honestly…expensive.
Should you go if you’re a writer? If you have the money and if you can get roommates to help absorb the cost, yes! Even if you don’t plan to meet with agents or editors merely going to the workshops and hanging out with other authors is a great way to get into the writing spirit.
If you’re a reader you might want to think twice. Yeah, you can get a lot of free books (they have signings in which authors just hand them out!), but the $1,000-2,000 payment for the conference, imo isn’t worth the free books. If you are dying to meet a particular author check the public book signings. This is much, much cheaper; you can head to the hotel for a couple hours, get a signed book (this one you’ll have to pay for) and be on your way.
If you can’t get away that long or don’t want to pay the price for a large conference, check for smaller ones! RWA has local branches in every state and many of them have their own mini conferences with some great authors.
I’m going to a brand new conference called the Indie Romance Convention Oct. 4-5th in Lebanon, TN. This conference is a quick drive and pretty cheap; the perfect opportunity to meet with readers, bloggers and other authors.
The fact is as an author we spend so much of our time alone, that we need to get out and socialize even if it’s only twice a year. And even better than meeting other authors is when we get to meet the readers who enjoy our books! How about you…have you ever gone to a book signing to meet your favorite author?
As for getting free books…yep, even I grab them! Check out my stash! And that’s after I’d given some away to friends and family. I’ve got to get rid of these books! To help I’m giving away two “surprise” packs, each pack will contain 2 books; one pack will be young adult books, and one will have adult romance books. Just tell me which surprise pack you want to be entered to win and leave your name! I’ll pick a winner for each pack!