The first panel of the morning I wanted to visit was on self publishing. No, I don't write anything except blogging, but I wanted to understand more about self-pub. I'm still on cloud nine from the Jennifer Estep conversation and sat on the the end of a row that had only one other person in it. The panel was great and I got some insight into their take on self-pubbing. I knew an author I read, L.M. Pruitt, was attending the convention as a reader. (L.M. is self-published) I occasionally do some beta reading for her. I thought she might be attending the panel. I looked around and couldn't find any likely candidates. L.M. changes her hair color a lot, so I was trying to see faces. Some people just don't look the same in person. I was ready to give up and happened to remember the person sitting in the row with me. I glanced over and her lanyard with her name happened to be laying so I could see it. It was L.M. Yay. I leaned over and quietly introduced myself. I was even able to get an autograph after the panel.
At the Vamp Panel I was able to meet and talk with the MoC, MaryJanice Davidson and get a picture of her with my sister-in-law and I. She was very nice. (I have a story about this meeting that I will post at a later time).
I attended 4 of the 6 panels on Thursday. I loved every single one of them. Just hearing each author talk about herself and her work changed my mind on trying some of their novels. My TBR pile has grown way too much.
The Bookie awards held Thursday evening were fun but the biggest event of the evening involved a marriage proposal. It was heart warming and tear worthy. By the way, she said, "Yes".