It was 4:30pm, and after the Paranormal Panel was complete, I was out on my own, in the middle of a bustling crowd, trying to figure out where to go next. Since my time was limited at the events, I wanted to make sure I could absorb as much as possible. My nerves were jumping, from excitement, (added to the fact that I had no idea what I was doing as I had not yet looked over the schedule of events, and I had not yet familiarized myself with the building).
I did find a line forming, and decided to get in. I was surrounded by fans, booksellers, and authors of all sorts. To my delight, I immediately recognized Richelle Mead, and headed towards her for a quick hello and snapshot! She was extremely friendly, and posed willingly. While in line, I looked over the Agenda I was given (in a bag full of goodies, including books, and previews), and realized I was headed towards the Awards Ceremony.
As I entered, I found a seat, but discovered that I was not in a prime spot for photo taking, and decided that I would simply stand in the back of the room, and take pictures from there (I had a pretty good lens). A friendly woman approached me, and offered to escort me to the front row area. I quickly learned that this was in fact, the “Kathryn Falk”, owner of the RT Book Reviews and responsible for bringing us this great convention. Delighted, I realized that I was surrounded by the great authors to be honored at this ceremony, and took advantage of the opportunity to make some new acquaintances, and take some pictures.
I noted some funny comments, along with some touching moments. The messages that the authors relayed were clear. Simply, that you may become a successful writer at any point in your life. Getting refusal letters for a story you are trying to get published doesn’t mean it’s time to stop writing. Aspiring authors should forge ahead and continue writing.