Walking into a packed conference hotel not really knowing anyone was overwhelming at first, but everyone was incredibly friendly. I had a "First Timer" badge on my name tag and people seemed to go out of their way to make me feel welcome.
It was a huge honor to have been nominated to be a RITA® finalist, especially when so many of the authors in the paranormal romance category are among my favorites. Congratulations to Susanna Kearsley for winning the RITA®! So very deserved.
Next year's conference is in New York and I'm already looking forward to it!
A few highlight pics from the conference...
As a side note, I spent a lot of time reading conference recaps from previous years trying to figure out what to pack. The advice is business casual which, while accurate, covers a huge range. If you're here because you're getting ready to attend your first conference and you're trying to figure out what business casual means, err on the side of business dress. I packed dress capris in black and white and paired them with good quality blouses. I found comfortable but nice-looking black sandals. I saw people in dresses and heels everyday but I don't think I saw any jeans. Party dress ranges from cocktail dresses to formal gowns.