The weekend before Christmas, I had the distinct pleasure of attending Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Conference for the first time. The conference is held at the stunning historic Hotel Monteleone in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 novels, Heather Graham, started the conference as a way to give back to one of her favorite cities after Hurricane Katrina’s devastating storm ripped through the area. In its ninth year, the conference draws a plethora of professional speakers. This year Chris Mooney, the international bestselling author of eight novels, most recently, The Killing House, and Donna Bagdasarian, President and Founder of Publication Riot Group, Inc., were just a few of the industry bigwigs who shared their publishing knowledge with authors at every stage of their career.
The conference kicked-off Friday night with a welcome party at Rita’s Tequila House on Bourbon Street where authors brushed up on their pirate trivia with an ipad prize for grabs. All three days of the conference, there were workshops to satisfy every writer at different steps in their career with wide-ranging subjects from creativity to marketing to the state of the industry.
Saturday evening conference attendees were treated to a cocktail hour before the festivities began. Attendees enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the Banshees on the Bayou Dinner Theater, which was an eclectic cemetery party with a little something for everyone. During dinner, guests were serenaded with Christmas Carols, music videos, impersonations, and theater.
The conference wrapped up on Sunday with a Mid-Morning Tea where attendees bid on raffle items donated from authors and publishers. All the proceeds from this year’s raffle was donated towards a cure for ALS. The delightful tea was followed by an author book signing open to the public and hosted by Bent Pages Book Store. Readers had a room full of bestselling authors to choose from with offerings in just about every genre from thriller to romance to sci-fi and everything in between.
With such an extensive variety of opportunities, if you are an author just entering the publishing business, a traditional author investigating becoming a hybrid author, considering Indie publishing, or need a little assistant with your marketing skills, add this conference to your must attend conference list for 2015.
Bestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.
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