I'm really looking forward to attending a brand new conference/convention this year called Romanticon. Romanticon is being hosted by Ellora's Cave and it's open to both writers and readers. It's reasonably priced and will take place October 9-11 2009.
Because EC is an electronic publisher, my interactions with my editor and the EC staff have been conducted completely electronically. It will be wonderful to meet some of the staff who works so hard to get great books out to readers.
I've attended RWA National in the past. It was an interesting experience and I plan to attend the conference in DC this year. My favorite part will undoubtedly be the Passionate Ink Chapter Party. However, I've grown a bit disenchanted with RWA National since they have withdrawn the welcome mat for my publisher, EC and other e-pubs. This year, I'm really excited that a new conference/convention is in the works. Next year, I'll probably attend RT (the Romantic Times Con) and Romanticon.
One of the things I'm most interested in is having the opportunity to meet readers. RT is a con that mixes readers and writers, but I haven't yet attended it (next year for sure). So this will be my first con as an author. Back in the late 1990s, I attended DragonCon in Atlanta, GA which was a total blast. I think this looks like it will be similarly fun. DragonCon has a real party atmosphere and I hope that's what Romanticon will be too.
The other thing I'm excited about is meeting my fellow Ellora's Cave/Cerridwen Press/The Lotus Circle authors. I've been reading EC books since about 2002 so I'm as much a fan as an author. I so want to meet some of the writers of my favorite EC books. I guess I'm just a fan grrl who writes. LOL
If you're attending Romanticon, please leave a comment so I know who to say "hi" to in October!