I’m on a high right now, literally and figuratively, flying from Burbank, CA, to Las Vegas. You’re aware my husband and I are touring the national parks this fall; I took a short break from that to attend the InD’Tale conference in Burbank. I already know the dates of the 2017 conference at the Marriott Burbank…the second weekend in October. I hope you save the dates on your calendar; I also hope you’ll submit a novel you published in 2016 to InD’Tale before the end of the year. Best reviewers around…and a chance to compete for the Rone (rhymes with pony) award.
Only four years old, InD’Tale nurtures small press and self-published authors. More important, the cadre of authors, bright and prolific, are the warmest, most enthusiastic people you’ll ever meet at a small conference…with a love for learning, mentoring, dressing up and having fun. Seriously, every waking moment was filled with interesting people and things to learn. These women LOVE to dance, too! And men who are Indie writers show up along with a group of men who serve as cover artists, the sweetest group of guys, devoted to the InD'Tale group. Here I am with Sean and Michael.
A big high for me was winning a Second Runner-up award for FEAR LAND. Sean and Michael escorted me to the podium to grab my certificate. I have read all eight finalist novels in my category and feel lucky to come in third for 2016!
Other highlights: Our own Rose, Donna Michaels won both First and Second Runner-up in her category. Fabulous! What’s more, Donna presented with me (along with Debra Holland and Kim Hornsby). We showed the audience how to organize and carry off successful book signings. I so enjoyed getting to know Donna (talk about prolific and seasoned…I learned a ton from her and also enjoyed meeting her husband).
I hope you’ll submit to InD’Tale and mark your calendar for next year’s event. I guarantee we’ll have a ball together!