Heading to an Old City (for a New Con)

So I'm gearing up this week to head down to Florida for a great new paranormal romance and urban fantasy convention. I'm excited about this one, because I get to hang with some writer friends (always fun) and will get to  meet some folks I've chatted with online (also always fun). This is one of the best parts about being a writer--getting out and meeting other writers and book lovers! (And ghost tours. Did I mention there will be ghost tours?)

It's also a reader-focused event, which is different from a writer-focused event. Reader events are all about favorite books, series, characters, etc. Everywhere you go, there are groups of people talking about a series they adore. Writer events are more about craft and the technical aspects of writing, and the easiest way to open up a conversation is with, "So, what do you write?" Both are a blast, but they each have their own vibe.

And of course, there will be books. Lots and lots of books, and I'll need to leave room in my suitcase for those. (Woo am I kidding? I'll need a box. There's a good reason I'm driving to this and not flying) I never come home from an event without a stack of books. It's a good thing I made a huge dent in my To-Read pile the last few months.

If you're going, be sure to stop by and say hello if you see me! And if you can't make the con, but want to pick up a signed book, there is a public signing on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00. It's a charity signing, so you'll also be helping a good cause (Friends of the Library and Habitat for Humanity).

Olde City, New Blood
February 8 - 10, 2013 
St. Augustine, FL
An intimate, new con for paranormal romance and urban fantasy that looks like it'll be a lot of fun.

My Panels:

Fri - 7-9pm - (Bar) Author/Blogger Meet & Greet

Sat - 10:45-11:45am - (Panel 2) Youth Gone Wild
YA authors discuss the giant BOOM in their genre, and what's next for them

Sat - 11:45am-12:45pm (Reading) YA Theme
Each author has 10 minutes for reading - last 20 minutes for Q&A

Sun - 9:00-10:00am - (Panel 1) Is Your Manuscript Ready?
Industry discussion of do's and don'ts for aspiring authors

Sun - 12:00-2:00pm - Charity Signing

Sun - 4:45-5:45pm - (Panel 2) Myth Busters
Industry discussion for aspiring authors - what to expect on the road to publication, and dispelling some typical publishing myths 

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