Last June almost all of the Plotting Princesses attended RomCon13 a reader conference in Colorado Springs intended to celebrate all things Romance, and I was lucky enough to have my book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL named the winner of the Reader’s Crown for Historicals.
This year the RomCon14 was held in Denver, Colorado, and only two of us, Sylvia McDaniel and myself, were able to attend. But what we found was more of the same wonderful interaction with readers that we had come to expect from a small, regional con like RomCon.
The reader to author ratio was an intimate six to one, and as the conference is still fairly small, both Sylvia and I (and many other authors) were able to participate in multiple sessions per day.
Together we (and a few other authors) sponsored Bridal Shower Mania and The Naked Hero games for readers, while Sylvia also sponsored “We Love Cowboys” and “Candyman,” and I struck off with a few other authors for “Mimosa Madness” and a reading of “Magical Firsts.” We also participated in a very well attended signing.
But my favorite part of the weekend, was the ‘Intimate Chat” I got to have with 15 readers who had specifically requested time to speak with me. It was really wonderful to sit and talk about what inspired each of my Reckless Brides books with people who had read every line, and were as attached to my characters as I am.
All in all, the conference was a resounding, if exhausting success. Its very smallness and intimacy is what makes it special, and affords each author plenty of one-on-one time with enthusiastic readers. I already know I’ll be going back next year!