Ok, I totally sucked it up…for the past month. There’s been so much craziness going on, and so this post somehow kept getting pushed back more and more! But no longer! I CANNOT STAND TO NOT CROSS IT OFF MY TO-DO LIST FOR ONE MORE DAY! So, without further ado, here’s a gallery of a bunch of pictures of me with some seriously amazing authors! :) And some of just them, while I was creepily snapping pics in line! Followed by some remarks about the post-signing Q&A. Sorry for the rambling. Bear with me! :)
As you can see from that little gallery there, this room was JAM PACKED with awesomeness. And there WERE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THERE. My bag was OVERFLOWING with the books I purchased (literally) and it weighed about 70 pounds. So needless to say, I was a bit sweaty. Ha.
After the huge signing was over a few book bloggers got to sit in and chat with the authors. I did snap a few pics, which are seen at the end of the gallery from the Q&A, but mostly I was just taking it all in. And it was a lot to take in. That many amazing women sitting in a line in front of you. It was crazy.
It was kind of a free for all with the questions and answers and I gotta say, my favorite answer came from Nicole Williams. I had asked if the authors outlined before writing a story. I know you can go either way. Her answer: “I like to let my characters off the leash, but not outside the fence.” I thought it was a brilliant analogy in regards to wanting the characters to take her where they wanted to go, but without losing the integrity of the story. In regards to the rest of the authors, it was a pretty mixed bag when it came to outlining.
I thought it was interesting to hear how many of the authors were interested in pursuing writing outside of the genre they might be best known for. Tara Sivec has an romantic suspense written under the pen name TE Sivec that she hopes to release early next year. In regards to her nerves about putting something different out there – it scares the crap out of her. Do people think she can only do funny?! Lots of the other authors wanted to try their hands at different genres as well. Colleen Hoover wants to do something sexier, which also made her giggle. When asked if she’d up the sexiness in the third Slammed book, she said she’d still have to keep it clean-ish because it is YA and she can’t really tell the kids that’ve read the first two that suddenly this one is too risque. I appreciated that! A few thought maybe they’d try paranormal, and some that have tried para thought that it was difficult to do – and told them so! :)
I loved hearing who inspired the authors – many were inspired by classics like Stephen King and Anne Rice and then Dina Silver mentioned Nora Ephron, which I thought was great! Many of the authors commented on their self-publishing journey, and it was inspiring to see how many had tried sending query letters with no success…and now are Amazon Best-Selling lists after taking the plunge all on their own. Of course, since the planning of this event, many of the authors were picked up by publishing houses – so that’s just crazy, too!
It was great to see how many of the authors supported each other and had read each others’ books. I had read almost every single author in that room, so it was great to finally meet them and hear them tell real life stories! Lots of great connections were made that day, and I’m so excited for another event like it.
Make sure to check out all these authors if you haven’t already! You will not be disappointed with the amazingness they’ve created!