In just over a week’s time I will be setting off to the GCLS Conference, held in Washington DC this year.
Last year, I attended the conference in New Orleans. I was a ‘Con Virgin’ at that event—so I can now say I lost my virginity in NOLA.
GCLS 2015 saw many ‘firsts’ for me…first public reading, first signing of my books in public, first panel discussions, first time in New Orleans (and, of course, first hugs from Beth Burnett).
I expect I will feel just as nervous when it comes to doing the reading in the Author Spotlight session this year. I can only hope I remember to breath this time and don’t lose my voice part way through.
This year, sees another first—being asked to be a presenter at the Awards Ceremony. That sounds like fun as well as a tremendous honour. (Note to self: don’t trip on the way up to the podium)
My conference timetable:
Tuesday evening: check out the Affinity table in the Vendor Room
Wednesday morning: meet up with Affinity authors to set up the table with a wonderful array of books, t-shirts, bookmarks and other promo items.
Wednesday afternoon: Author Spotlight from 2:00 to 3:00, reading from The Circle Dance
Thursday evening: Helping to host the Affinity authors’ dinner
Friday afternoon: Author signing session
Saturday morning: Taking part in The Politics of Poetry Panel from 9:40 to 10:30
Saturday afternoon: Dry run for Awards Presenters from 3:30 to 3:45
Saturday evening: Attending the Awards Ceremony and probably avoiding dancing if at all possible.
I don’t know if it’s a first for my publisher, Affinity eBooks, but they have four finalists in this year’s award categories – listed here in no particular order:
Requiem for Vukovar by Angela Koenig in Dramatic/General Fiction
The Presence by Charlene Neil in Paranormal/Horror
Locked Inside by Annette Mori in Traditional Contemporary Romance
Locked Inside cover by Nancy Kaufman for the Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Design Award
Keeping everything crossed for all our finalists – and congratulations whatever the outcome as there’s a lot of talent on show here.
In between times I can likely be found at the Affinity Vendor table. Please stop by, even if you don’t want to buy any books. We’re a friendly bunch and love talking to people. As I think I’ve mentioned before, Affinity is being represented this year by Ali Spooner, Annette Mori, Renee MacKenzie and myself.
I also plan to take in a few other conference sessions when I can as well as trying to fit in some sightseeing, so these few days are going to pass very quickly, I feel. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone I met last year, plus others I didn’t. I’m not looking forward to Sunday when it’s time to say goodbye again.
The last item on my itinerary is for Sunday afternoon and beyond when the post-conference withdrawal symptoms start to surface. The best way to banish these feelings is to start planning to attend the 2017 conference in Chicago.
Another first closer to home is seeing my books on the ‘Books to buy’ shelf of one of the local cafés. The paperbacks are also available in the Book Case, the independent book store in Hebden Bridge.
Also last week, not a first, but my second Book Clip appeared on The Lesbian Talk Show podcast site – a reading from the first book in The Starling Hill Trilogy, Starting Over. (All the LTS podcasts are available on Podbean, iTunes and Stitcher – and well worth a listen.)
Where to buy:
The Starling Hill Trilogy: