This weekend I joined the Historical Novel Society (HNS) in St. Petersburg, FL for the 2013 conference!
We had an informal gathering of our Great Lakes chapter, listened to speakers, attended workshops, and networked. It was a non-stop weekend, but a few highlights from the weekend:
1) Meeting Diana Gabaldon and having her sign my books – I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan – I’ve been reading her books for over 20 years. Getting to meet her and hear her speak was a highlight of my year.
2) Agent and blogging workshops – I think the two topics that I found that most useful were the agent/author panel and the blogging panel. You can read all about the differences between self publishing and traditional publishing, but until you listen to an agent articulate what differentiates the options, I don’t think you fully understand your choices, at least I didn’t. And the blogging workshops are always important – it’s tough to navigate the world of blogging, something that feels so foreign to many of us.
3) Meeting fellow novelists! Whether already published or aspiring, it’s always great to meet others who have the same passion (and struggles!) as you do. Whether from my chapter (Great Lakes), elsewhere in the U.S., or from Britain, it was great to make connections with others and get copies of their books for inspiration!
Did you attend a writers’ or fiction conference so far this year? What workshops/speakers did you find to be the most helpful?