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. 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. 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. )
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. 🙂
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.
Others there were CA Szarek
and Misty Dietz.
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.
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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. 🙂