Before I became an author I never really knew conventions for readers and authors were a thing. Of course I'd heard of comic-con and such, but for readers of romance / gay fiction? Nope.
It took me becoming an author to attend my first one. Now, I must admit the first one I ever attended was down in Sydney and was very small, probably only forty people or so. That being said I met some amazing people who I'm still friends with to this day.
Attending GRL in Chicago in 2014 was an eye opening experience for me. I was not prepared in the least for so many people. I'm always humbled every time someone comes up to me and tells me they love my books. They spend their hard earned money on something I created and they enjoyed it!
I must also admit to having my own fan girl moments. (and there were quite a few of them)
Since then I've attended another small convention in Australia last year and had a large one in the US cancelled on me after I'd purchased the plane tickets.
On Monday I returned home from my first large author convention here in Australia. I attended Readers and Writers Down Under which was held on the beautiful Gold Coast.
Even though MM is still taking off here in Australia and the majority of authors at the event all wrote MF I had a wonderful time. I was lucky enough to meet several of my readers and chat with them, some even over a meal. I met up with old friends and made new ones.
I had a wonderful time at the author signing meeting so many people. By lunch time my cheeks were hurting from smiling and talking so much. I don't think I've spoken to so many people in a single day before. But I'd love to do it all over again.
The convention was very well organised, everything ran on time and you know exactly where you had to go and when for what every you were interested in attending.
The hotel RWDU was held in was amazing which helps when attending conventions, all the staff were friendly and helpful and I'd definitely stay there again.
If you're shy and just smile at your favourite author as you walk past or scream at them and ask for hugs, they wont bite you. Chances are they're probably just as nervous or excited as you.
Would love to hear about your convention experiences.