It’s July so that means the Romance Writers of America have a conference and it moves to different cities each year. This year it’s in San Antonio, TX. Yup, Texas, in the middle of the summer. Holy blazing hot, folks. But I’m an Atlantan so I’m tough and I’ll just have to deal. But I’ll righteously limit the wearing o’the pantyhose to only very important occasions. I’m no fool. It promises to be a good time: I’m presenting a Social Media workshop with Tyra Burton and two of my books are finalists for five awards.
I’ve attended these conferences since 2002, back when I was self-published. At that point it was considered the kiss of death to be an indie author. Now? Not so much. In fact, the programming tracks now have an increasing number of panels devoted to self-publishing, sometimes at the expense of traditional publishing.
Unlike some authors, I don’t take sides. I’m a “hybrid” author, meaning I’m both self and traditionally pubbed. Either way works for me as long as my readers can buy my books and I can make a decent living. Unfortunately, right now there are flame wars going on between the two sides, which is pretty stupid. Actually very stupid. It doesn’t matter how the books arrives in your readers’ hands, just that it does.
And with that, I’ll go back to sorting through my clothes, whining about having to wear pantyhose and gearing up for the conference. I’ll issue a report on the flip side. Hope you’re enjoying your summer!
Jana is an international & multi-award winning author in several genres including young adult, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.