Golden Crown Literary Society 9th Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas 2013
It really has taken a week to recover my empty tank and I still needed a nap.
230+ women celebrating books AND chocolate chip cookies!! What’s not to love?
It’s been almost a year since I join the amazing team at Bedazzled Ink. What a great group. This year we had a record number of incredible authors present, including: Andi Marquette, Barb Clanton, B.L.Miller, R.g.Emanuelle, Baxter Clare Trautman <squeee>, Salem West, Newbie Sandra Moran, and the inexplicable and Goldie award winning Ann McMan!
Bedecked in some very handsome tee-shirts (Courtesy of Claudia and Casey– Publishers Extraordinaire and Tree House Studios) we covered the Con with jocularity and jubilance. Our books at the Allied table sold quickly. And in Sandra’s case, her pre pub “Letters Never Sent” Sold out! Very proud of the new kid.
There were so many old friends that I could finally hug and talk face to face. New friends from emails and Facebook were everywhere. They were new, but oh so familiar. For some of us who enjoy a solitary life without distraction or petty irritants, it is a wonderful opportunity to bathe in the nurturance of loving caring friends for four magical days. I heard, more than once, there’s nothing better than time spent with smart, funny, caring women. Amen.
The schedule was brutal when I wanted to attend everything. Ther readings, coffee talks, and master classes offered an opportunity to learn, improve my craft, and hear about current hot topics and new writers. It was incredible. This was only my fourth Con, but boy have things changed–even in one year!
This year, the Board and volunteers stepped up their level of organization and everything flowed so much better.
As writers, we are so incredibly blessed with the most loyal and generous readers. I wish everyone of them could afford to attend just one of these great family reunions. My own reading is so much greater for having the chance to meet and talk to some amazing authors. Mainstream readers probably never have that opportunity. We are very lucky.
A special thanks to all who made this event possible, every single hugger I ran into, and especially my new “Family” of choice, Salem West, Ann McMan, Baxter Clare Trautman, Sandra Moran, Bev Prescott, Andi Marquette and of course, Casey and Claudia!
Portland, here I come!
oh, and p.s. the Bink Elves were up to more mischief yesterday, thanks to our talented graphic designer… Ann McMan at Tree House Studio