Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pat's Convention Note #21 of 100 things I learned from attending SIX LITERARY CONFERENCES in 2014

#21. Here’s a new game plan. If you’re an author planning to attend your next conference, you might want to reconsider that writer’s workshop you’ve prepared to teach. Why? It’s not necessarily a new trend, because RT Booklovers Convention has been doing it for many years, but recently I noticed more conferences this year, since I’ve attended six, host fun workshops geared toward readers. At RT, there are long lines every day.
Come on, who wouldn’t want to see s showdown between Heather Graham’s characters and Cherry Adair’s? But that’s not all. Readers are lining up to get the freebies and all the other give-a-ways for attending. How about a Thrills and Chills workshop with authors Lee Childs and Charlaine Harris? Other reader workshops had titles like Romance: Wheels of Fortune; History Fan Fictionary; Clockwork Carnivale Tea, and on and on. It is no small task to entertain the readers. How about Reel Romance Trivial Pursuit?
At Romcon this year, there was more than enough fun for its readers. Paranormal authors sponsored Battle to Survival; another group of authors put on Candyman All Grown Up, and there was more.
Are you starting to get the picture?
Next year at RSJ, I’m hosting a reader workshop called May the Best Man Win! This should be interestingJ. Also next year, fellow author, LisaWatson, and I are teaming up to host a sweet romance night at Romcon, another interesting endeavor indeed.
FYI, this could be costly, depending on the number of readers who attend your fun workshop. That is why it’s a good idea to go in with a group of authors to pull it off. Otherwise, you’ll be solely responsible for coming up with the nuances of the games and the prizes. Oh, not to mention that readers would probably want to walk away with a couple of free books too.
I hope this post has been a blessing. Until next time,