Hello, all! Last week I attended my first YaoiCon, and I had a fabulous time. I got to hang out with fellow authors and friends, met new readers, and got to chat with some of the THIRDS Nerds!
While I was there, I took lots of pictures, as it was also my first trip to San Francisco. A friend of mine had a fabulous idea and suggested I bring mini-Sloane along, so I did. He traveled around San Francisco, taking pictures, and joining in on the shenanigans. I thought I'd share some of those photos with you.
Here we have mini-Sloane giving some love to his partner and love Dexter J. Daley. Or he might just be aware of all the six-packs around him and going into "this is mine" mode, which is more likely. Below we have Sloane hanging out with Kai Gracen. Sloane's missing his Dex, so he's commandeered the gummy bears and Cheez Doodles the THIRDS Nerds brought me. His attention also appears to be momentarily compromised by the fella on the cover of Gravitational Attraction. He's definitely missing Dex.
After meeting the Pride bunnies, Sloane decided to hang out with Shira Anthony's mermen. I think Sloane's secretly digging that trench coat.
On Saturday we had a visit from some THIRDS Nerds cosplayers. How awesome is that? I was blown away by the attention to detail, from the color of the uniforms to the zipties, to the patches. I'm constantly amazed by all the love shown this series by its awesome readers.
Afterward, we headed out in the BearCat driven by the awesome Rhys Ford.
YaoiCon was spent chatting about books, talking to readers, hanging out with fantastic folks, eating yummy food, and checking out the fabulous sights. All this to me makes a conference a success, because for me it's not just about selling books, it's about connecting with people and sharing experiences. There's nothing like being surrounded by people who are as passionate about romance as you are. We had 8 to 9 Dreamspinner authors at the Dreamspinner table at any one time, and I loved how everyone was so supportive of each other. We didn't just talk to readers about our own books, we talked to them about books by our fellow authors. Books we enjoyed reading, characters we loved. It was an incredibly positive, encouraging, and amazing. Looking forward to next year already!
Would you like to know where I'll be next? Check out my News & Events page for upcoming conventions. Have you attended a book conference? What was your favorite experience?
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