Readers and Authors Get Together
I'm writing this post Sunday night and a couple hours ago, I got home from a weekend in Cinncinati, Ohio, at Lori Foster's Readers and Authors Get Together. It's a wonderful, relaxed weekend that's growing every year.
I made the six hour drive with my friend, M.A. Ellis, and when you're talking about writing and friends and what's happened in our lives since the last time we got together, six hours can go pretty quickly.
I was able to catch up with old friends I hadn't seen since last year's Get Together. I also met up face to face with some on-line friends and it was so wonderful to be able to give them a hug in person and chat without the help of the internet. And I was so lucky to make some new friends I'm already looking forward to talking with again.
The staff at the Cinncinati Marriott were wonderful. Even when they were a little overwhelmed in the bar, they were pleasant and helpful and in good humor. The food was great, and we all know for conference food that was a huge compliment.
Each year they raffle off a fantastic selection of baskets, with the proceeds going to a local charity. I'm sad to say I didn't win a basket this year, but some attendees were very lucky. There were editor and agent appointments, some publisher spotlights and a few workshops. The booksigning was a lot of fun and so were the games and parties.
Oh, and hanging out in the bar had its benefits too. :) I'm afraid I didn't have my camera with me and so don't have any pictures to post here, but I'm sure there will be some floating around the internet. I'd recommend this annual event to anyone looking for an inexpensive, casual get together for anyone who loves books.
Edited to add: Check out Barbara Vey's PW blog for more info and some great pics!
What did you do this weekend?