Last year when I went to the GayRomLit retreat in Albequerque, I was blown away at how welcoming everyone was and what a great time I had. If anything, this year's GRL was even better. Things are winding down now and I'm finally able to take a moment to post a bit about it.
I roomed with Anna Zabo, my good friend from Seton Hill and an awesome author. Having a roommate you know and can rely on is such a help with all kinds of little logistical things and Anna and I enjoy each other's company and work well together, so that worked out really well.
The convention hotel was really the only thing that wasn't stellar this time around. You'll probably hear enough about all the issues so I won't belabor them here except to say that our toilet made a sound like the TARDIS every time we flushed it. Dr. Who still hasn't shown up, so that's been a big disappointment.
I attended the writer's workshop the day before the convention and wound up pitching to an editor I've always wanted to send something to. I wasn't planning on this, because the book in question isn't finished yet, but everyone told me that was okay. Thanks to those who prodded me, I now have a request for the full when it's complete, which will get me out of the slush pile. Hooray! Overall, this was a great con for business. Emboldened by my first successful pitch I also talked to another editor about a project I want to submit to her house and got another request. Awesome!
Readers were just fantastic this year. So many people came up to tell me they enjoyed my books. It's been amazing. I gave a reading from All the Colors of Love where I talked about how it's the book that changed my life and the sizeable crowd in attendance really seemed to like it. Print copies of All the Colors of Love completely sold out, both at the Dreamspinner table and my own table at the book signing. In fact, I sold all but one of the books I brought. Thank you, guys!
And of course, hanging out with so many friends, both authors and readers, was so much fun. We are the kindest, funniest, smartest bunch, I swear. I'm going to miss everyone but I'm looking forward to doing it all over again next year, in Chicago!