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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the 2013 UtopYA con. It was such an amazing and inspirational experience I have already purchased my tickets for 2014.
Things started off with a bang when Jennifer Armentrout gave the opening keynote speech. It was full of humor, grace, and inspiration. I also love when these authors we can sometimes put up on a pedestal (or maybe that is just me) actually end up being quite down to earth and like your college bff from back in the day.
As the weekend went on I found each panel more helpful than the last, especially everything I gained about marketing. I learned I am already doing a lot of things right, but there are so many more things I could be doing better.
Looking back, now that the weekend is over, it is kind of crazy to say this, but the absolute most valuable thing I took away from UtopYA were new friendships. I went there as a complete stranger, barely any online contacts even. I walked away with a warm heart, a circle of amazing gals who are a part of a tribe I didn’t even realize I was longing for.
They understand what I do, the isolation of it, the roller coaster we are on from day to day. Each one of them experience the pressures we put on ourselves and understand how hard it can be to wear all the hats, meet deadlines, all the while doing your best to thrill your readers. Because really, that is what it is about at the end of the day, I write in hopes even a single reader might enjoy what I create.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Coming off such an amazing weekend I find myself filled with hope and an overwhelming amount of support surrounding me. So what’s next? What do you do with all of these tools you have been given.
As an author I want only the best of what I can be out there. Book five, the last to the Guardians series is due out in the fall. I am working hard on it, but I have also decided to take to heart some of the comments from readers and do a little tweaking on the previous four books Nothing that will change the story so no worries there, only things to strengthen them for future readers. After the release of book 5 in September I will be also releasing the series as a set for all of you who like to read them as a group.
In December 2013 I will also be releasing the follow up to Stubborn Love called Only In Dreams. In this book we will get to follow Paige and Christian. Learn more about them, their tribulations, and when things fall apart for them find out if sometimes happily ever afters are “Only In Dreams.”
This is a packed schedule but there will be more to come for sure. I hope you all are enjoying Stubborn Love. Your support has been amazing and the reviews have been making my heart ache. A couple even made me cry, yes… I am that girl!
Stubborn Love has been released and to celebrate it’s release and encourage new readers to give it a try it is on sale for 99 cents. I am headed to UtopYA and will keep the sale going for the duration of my conf trip but the price will return to $2.99 when I get home so don’t miss your chance. Once you read the book be sure to let me know what you think in a review or comment. I live for reader feedback.