I absolutely hate reading extra long blog posts, so I'm going to post about my thoughts on Author's After Dark (AAD) in parts.
I had signed up for AAD 2013 - Savannah over a year ago. Somehow or other I stumbled across their site right before their 2012 convention in New Orleans. I wanted to attend that one so badly but by the time I found out about it, it was full. Once registration opened (usually in September of the year before the next convention), my sister-in-law and I took the plunge. We even talked our husbands into taking time off and driving us the 10 plus hours to get there.
I wasn't familiar with the names of many of the featured authors and there numerous ones I hadn't read. But, and this is key, be open minded. I went to panels to hear certain authors speak and behold, the ones I didn't know made a huge impression. Enough that my TBR pile is growing to unbelievable numbers.
First off, kudos to Stella Price, the convention director and her staff. The hotel she picked, Riverfront Marriot, was sensational. It was right on the Savannah River. As a matter of fact, the back patio, was ON the river, separated by a railing to lean on and watch all the ships and boats. The first morning there, we even got pictures of a dolphin.
A personal highlight of the Welcome Event Wednesday evening, my name was drawn for the Free Registration for next year's convention in Charlotte. Needless to say, I was speechless and very happy.
More to come.................