First, thank you to the readers, reviewers, and judges. This was a three-tier judging system based on reviews, popular vote, and finally, judging by industry professionals. What a thrill.
The second day our keynote speaker was Catherine Bybee who is not only a NYT and USA Today Bestselling author but also a cool chick! Her personal story had me in tears and motivated everyone. Her Weekday Brides Series is extremely popular and she gave everyone a copy.
|L. to R.: Founder of InD'Tale Mag: TJ MacKay, |
me, and author Catherine Bybee
We also attended a variety of workshops on everything from writing about sex to indie publishing. I learned a great deal from the author panels and made many friends from around the globe. Authors descended upon Palm Springs from many states, Canada, England, and other countries. It was thrilling to meet them and hear about their journeys.
There were also book signings, author luncheons, and dancing every night! To top it off, there were male cover models!! Female models, too, but the guys?! Come on.
I was also fortunate to meet several fellow authors from Soul Mate Publishing--Alina Field, Janna Shay, Darcy Flynn, and Sue Berger. What fun to meet them, as well as many of my author friends from Facebook in person!!
|Proof there was a book signing!|
|Cover model Michael Foster & me!|
|Hubby fake choking said model|
|Canadian author and fellow WF writer|
Ev Bishop and me as Marilyn
|The women who made it happen.|
Tonya & TJ!!
|L. to R.: Me (as Marilyn) with fellow |
Soulies Darcy Flynn & Alina Field