The pictures below are some more from the panels and events. (special Thanks to my sister-in-law, Martha, for sharing her pictures)
I learned what to pack and what not. Always bring a sharpie and have it on you at all times for signings. Some of the authors brought their own. Authors are people too and enjoy the interaction. They work hard to provide us with good quality books and they work hard to entertain us on the panels.
If you get the chance to attend an Authors After Dark (AAD) convention, DON'T PASS IT UP. Registration for AAD - Charlotte begins on the 10th of September. It is worth the money and the time. I'll be anxiously waiting to register.
I can't say enough great things about Stella Price and her staff. Wow! Unbelievable. Friendly, efficient and calm. The hotel Stella picked was top-notch. The venue fabulous. She is one hard working lady. She is also heading The Novel Experience Event in Atlanta in March 2014. While it doesn't look good for me to attend, I'm still trying to figure out a way. It is a huge book signing and party event. You should check it out!