Last weekend, I went to Penned Con in St. Louis. I’d never been to a readers’ convention like that before, and was nervous as all get out about it. Had no idea what to expect. What I discovered was that being around so many people who enjoy reading is a delight.
If you enjoy reading at all, I highly recommend that you look into book festivals. There were so many authors there, with gorgeous banners of gorgeous couples and stacks of books. Panels were held on topics like book boyfriends and villains and self-publishing. Fun events like a tacky tourist race and a reader-writer nerf gun war filled the days. The event ended with a luau, where the authors walked the red carpet before entering the banquet hall where we had – seriously – a roasted pig. Like, with a face. It grossed me out, but it was darned good. And (BONUS!), the event raised over $10,000 for Action for Autism.
I returned home with a whole list of new authors that I want to read (I read almost exclusively ebooks), and a new circle of acquaintances.