I spent the last month attending conferences. Three of them in four weeks, and they ended up being more different from each other than I had expected them to be.
The first was in Ohio for Ellora's Cave Romanticon. This was a
conference fueled mainly by readers, which was an amazing thing to be a
part of. Every attendee was there because they already liked Ellora's
Cave and erotic romance, so there was no need to defend the genre. On
top of that, while there were some workshops for the new writer, most of
the events were for readers, and a lot of fun! The book sale was
massive, and the entertainment was great! All in all, I felt like a bit
of a rock star, and it was awesome :)
Then I attended the Emerald City Romance Writers Conference in the
Seattle area. I have to admit, I signed up for this one primarily
because my brother recently moved there and I could go see him while
deducting the expenses from my taxes at the same time :) This was an
RWA conference, so it was typical of others that I had been to before.
The majority (if not all) of attendees were other writers, of varying
experience levels, and the workshops were for writers. I had drinks with
my publisher and got to meet a lot of people I've known online for
years but had never been able to talk to in person.
Finally, this weekend was the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto.
Because I was working the day job, I missed the first two days and
didn't arrive until Friday evening, just in time for the book signing. I
found this convention to straddle the lines between writer conference
and fan conference. I saw a few attendees in costume, but not to the
extent that you would see at a Star Trek Convention or a FanExpo. There
were many writers too, but also a LOT of readers. It was also a lot more
casual than some of the other conferences I've been to. The workshops
weren't necessarily reader focused or writer focused, but they were very
academic. Taking a theme/topic and exploring the psychology of it.
(Like what Twilight has done to the vampire genre and how we're supposed
to recover from that.)
All in all, I've had a great time but I'm glad to be home for a little while.