Today is the continuation and final part of the wonderful Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver, CO. Already my life has filled in with writing, blogging, marketing books one and two and enjoying the small part of my life which doesn’t include being an author, but I wanted to finish off my comments about the conference.
Last week’s post talked about my all-time favorite author, Sharon Kay Penman. This week I bring you the creator of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. She spoke a few times during the large group gatherings and I was amazed at her low, scratchy voice. At times she was a little hard for me to understand but I didn’t mind. Her pleasant personality translated through and we all enjoyed her. I didn’t go to any small sessions with her as there just wasn’t time with so many events back-to-back. Gabaldon is another whose every book sits on my book treasure shelf. I just wish I could have transported them all to Denver for her to sign.
Author Mary Tod, the originator of the Historical Fiction Reader Survey, recognized me as I stepped into her elevator the first night at the conference. Wow! What a thrill. We stood and talked in the hall for about half an hour and I knew this Toronto lady was a writer I wanted to know better. The next two days we happily brushed by each other in sessions, even one where she was presenting. On Sunday she joined our group for a lunch which went on for about two hours. Great fun.
One more event I must mention is the spur-of-the-moment appointment I had with an amazing fellow at BookFuel whose sessions were held for about 30 minutes and covered whatever the author needed, depending on just where we are in our writing journey. Mine was about my Amazon Author page and my books listed there on my sales page. It was fantastic. Bill VanOrsdel listened as well as he talked so that this session was extremely useful to me. It was one of the best things I did at the conference. I am still working on improving the things we talked about, although Bill did give me good marks on many of the items. The 2-page handout he gave us covered the following: Cover, Title, Reviews, Pricing, Book Description, Genre/Browse Category Placement, Keywords & Key Phrases, and Other Elements. This handout has pride of place on my desk just now.
Finally I attended Leslie Carroll/Juliet Grey’s workshop, Out Loud and Proud in Front of a Crowd: reading your work for an audience. She had lots of good tips which I will add to my readings to make them even better. I will be sure to mark up the text I’m reading aloud according to her suggestions.
So there you have it: another successful conference.