Reflections from PennedCon 2014

I was fortunate enough to attend the first-ever PennedCon in St. Louis this past weekend. Simply stated, it was an amazing experience and I would return in a heartbeat as they continue to grow.

I mean, it’s not everyday you’re sitting in a hotel lobby and have a New York Times bestseller pull up a seat next to you and start chatting. Or you have the chance to meet other passionate readers that are now called friends. Or heck, chat it up with a bunch of bloggers in the parking garage while the rest of your new found friends think you’ve been kidnapped.

Sunday morning I left St. Louis with a wealth of knowledge from the panels and one-on-one conversations I had with other authors in addition to a boatload of inspiration. Hearing Jack & Jasinda Wilder talk about their road to self publishing…and Abbi Glines discuss struggling with her work-life balance…and how Tara Sivec deals with the online haters…it just put everything into the right perspective. And it makes me feel so proud (and protective) of this wonderful indie community that I’ve been a part of as a reader…and soon to be a part of as a writer.

PennedCon in the future is an absolute must for anyone who is a fan of the indie market.

And in other news…I am two very short weeks away from hitting publish. And that is probably one of the most frightening things I’ve typed out in a while.

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