Friday, August 19, 2011

Authors After Dark Recap, and Swag Bag Giveaway

Want to win the swag bag I brought home? Read on for info.

Maybe it's a sign of getting old that it takes longer for me to recover from conferences these days. Authors After Dark 2011 was last weekend, but I am finally getting settled. AAD is one of my favorite book events, and I had a great time catching up with friends and making new ones the third time around. I didn't sit on as many panels as I did last year, but in all honesty I didn't mind that. I had the opportunity to actually sit on some panels, and make a few agent/editor appointments. I definitely came away from AAD this year with much to think about with regards to my writing career.

I'm glad, too, for the opportunity to finally meet people I only "see" online. James Buchanan, whom I've known via Phaze and other outlets for years, came out from the West Coast. I also enjoyed catching up with Samantha Sommersby, Cat Johnson, Eliza Gayle, Bridget Midway, Denise Jeffries, Yvette Hines, Stella Price, Tilly Green, Kayleigh Jamison and others. Too many to list! I'm sure I'll see some of them at Collingswood this year, but I was happy for the chance to socialize.

ARe Cafe set up shop in the Rhapsody room. There was coffee and free promo for guests, and at the end of the conference there was an iPad giveaway. As you can see below, traffic proved decent in the mornings.

Can you recognize anybody? ;)

DLP Books gave away a rock and roll themed basket for the big raffle. I managed to get my hands on some Bon Jovi tour swag, and coupled it with a copy of Robin Slick's rock novel, Daddy Left Me Alone With God. I don't know who won because I had to leave before the baskets were drawn. If anybody knows, I'd love to hear from you.

Speaking of swag, here's a peek inside the bag I picked up at the conference. There's free books, a tumbler, and all sorts of goodies. It's going to one lucky reader in the US (international winner gets an ARe gift credit), so if you are in the mood to win, fill out this form by September 5th, 2011 EST for your chance.

What's more, if you help me promo via Twitter I'll give you a free eBook download of either Love's DoMINion or Silver Wings, free! As for AAD 2012 in NoLA, I am unfortunately undecided as several family obligations will curb my book event traveling for the year - there's at least one wedding and a 70th birthday party at Disneyland in Cali, and that requires funding. Maybe if I sell enough books.... :)


Linds said...

Awesome Contest!

I have twittered the contest out and I can do so a few more time!

You also have a new follower! And your gonna make my bank account dwindle both authors books look amazon!!!! <3

Kat L. said...

Thanks so much! If you do pick up any books, hope you enjoy them. You can look me up on Kindlegraph too for signed copies.