RomCon 2015 Part 2

In order to avoid posting a super long blog post, I divided up my RomCon15 experience into two parts. Last Thursday you got Part 1, which took us through Friday evening. Today we’re picking up with Saturday morning.

I was free until the Readers Luncheon at 11 and used the time to reconnect with a former principal of mine. Janet Walker-Snyder’s first year as principal at Bruce Shulkey Elementary School in Fort Worth ISD was my first year as assistant principal at the same school. I learned so much from her in the three years we worked together before I moved on to be a principal at Riverside Applied Learning Center.

She ultimately moved out of state. We’ve only kept up with each other on Facebook, and last year I just didn’t make the connection she lived so close to Denver. A cliché, but in this case it’s certainly better late than never. We ate breakfast at a unique little place that mostly hires people with disabilities. Fresh, fresh, yummy food.  FullSizeRender(34)We caught up with each others’ families and cussed and discussed public education. Oh, if we could make all the decisions. LOL

She took me back to the hotel and it was on to the Readers Luncheon. FullSizeRender(42)The readers and authors bought tickets for the authors’ baskets and the Breast Cancer Fundraiser baskets that anyone could contribute too. Authors got to stand up and say our name, what we wrote, and what we brought in our basket. We had 30 seconds. I know many of you don’t believe I was able to pull that off, but I did. 🙂

I didn’t use a real “basket” because I couldn’t figure out how to get it to Denver. I put my three books in one of my new bags  with Toffee,  two $10 dollar Amazon gift cards, and lots of chocolate. My basket for breast cancer had the same thing. I believe I heard that RomCon raised several thousand dollars for breast cancer research from this event.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Jodi Thomas. She was funny and inspirational.  (She’s standing just left of me. )FullSizeRender(27)

One of the fun things for me was that I bought an ad in the program when RomCon ran a special. I was so pleased with how it turned out.

The last thing I did was the Book Sale (Give-away in my case) on Saturday evening. I gave away 27 books–nine of each of my titles. That way I didn’t have to mess with Colorado taxes. Most everyone who took a book promised to post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or B & N. If half of them do that, it will be worth the investment. If they like the book and buy another one or two, that would be great. Better still, will be if they tell their friends about the book and encourage them to buy one. We’ll see how this works out. 🙂 FullSizeRender(26)

Sunday morning, we packed and headed to the airport for our flight to Fort Worth.

All in all a successful trip. It definitely would’ve been better if poor Jerrie Alexander hadn’t gotten sick. You can do everything you should and still sometime altitude sickness will get you. FullSizeRender(41)

Others there were CA Szarek


and Misty Dietz. FullSizeRender(40)

 As I said last week, I’m playing catch-up. I would have run this part of the RomCon post last week, I have a new PR company and we had some issues with getting the new blog up and going. But it’s working well now.

After many, many hours, my old blogs wouldn’t transfer, so over the next several months I’ll reformat those and send them to Cheryl Letsch of Y & R PR. We won’t get all of them, but they contain important events from the last 3 years of my life. I have the original word docs for all of them, but I’ll have to upload pics. The amount of time it will take prohibits doing them all, (and frankly, you don’t need to see them all. 🙂 )but there are probably ten-fifteen I definitely want to reclaim. I’ll let you know when they’re up again.

Also, I will have a newsletter, so be sure to sign up for that. And if you haven’t signed up to get my blog in your emails, please do that too.

Tomorrow I’ll have a post up on my Sisters of Suspense blog. Hope you’ll stop by there. Tell your friends.

So have you suffered from altitude sickness? How do you treat it or avoid it? What kind of large conferences have you attended? Do you read a variety of books or mostly just one or two genres?

Book Update: I’ve now heard from all three Beta Readers, and am incorporating some of their suggested changes into ACT OF TRUST. I’ve printed the first half and am reading it. After I complete making those changes I’ll do the second half and go through the same process. Then I’ll print another copy, so Bob can look at it. Then I’ll send it to my new the paid editor, who incidentally I met at RomCon. 🙂

Love to hear from you.

6 responses to “RomCon 2015 Part 2

  1. Sounds like a fun time. Sorry Jerry got sick. I spent three weeks in the Colorado mountains this past winter and though I didn’t get altitude sickness, I did find myself having to take things easy the first 10 days. After that, no problem. But it was interesting how great I felt for a couple of weeks after I got back to Texas.I don’t know if that was the effect of a relaxing vacation or more oxygen.

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    • Hey, Regina. I’ve never stayed in CO or NM for longer than a week, but I’m usually fine after the first couple of days and if I limit the wine and drink plenty of water. I don’t remember feeling any left over euphoria after returning. Maybe because I wasn’t gone for so long and wasn’t as deprived. I remember when I got off the plane in Denver and starting to walk down the terminal at my usually fast pace and almost keeling over. LOL Really had to slow it down. What we take for granted. Thanks so much for stopping by, Regina. Nice to hear from you.

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  2. Hi Marsha
    I love hearing about your travels and when you add books I love it even more. Like you I gave away my books at the last conference. It sure would be nice if people post comments, but just knowing that they are getting out there is nice.
    I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and came away with great stories.
    my best
    Jo-Ann Carson

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    • Hey, Jo-Ann. I just think it really helps if you have an abundance mentality in this business. There are enough readers for all different kinds of books. We’re not in competition with each other. I used to not get the idea of free books, but it does seem a way to reach people. Guess we’ll see. Still working out the kinks in the new blog. But my emails are going great. Happy for the switch. Glad you could find the spot & could take a moment to stop by.


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