Brainy People at the HNS Conference

Brainy People at the HNS Conference

Hi to all historical novel peeps near and far!

As many of you know, I’m at this year’s Historical Novel Society conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. We’ve had a lot of great workshops, but better yet, we’ve had a great time.

I’ll write up some of these workshops and post them here. I’ll also be writing a few blurbs about the authors I’ve met – we’re such fascinating people!!

So today I hit these sessions, which were all led by incredibly informative, talented authors:

  • Breaking In and Staying In the Historical Fiction Game (led by Karen Essex, C.W. Gortner, and Michelle Moran)
  • Place as Character: Making Your Settings Come Alive (led by Solveig Eggerz, Judson Roberts, and C.W. Gortner)
  • Debut Novels (led by Catherine Delors, Kamran Pasha, Barbara Corrado Pope, and Ann Weisgarber)
  • Selling Historical Fiction – Editors’ Panel (led by Shana Drehs from Sourcebooks, Barbara Peters from Poisoned Pen Press, and Trish Todd from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
  • A Fine Line: Historical Romance or Historical Novel? (led by Gretchen Craig and Elisabeth Fairchild), followed by
  • Biblical Fiction: Is It an Oxymoron? (led by Elissa Elliott)

We’re now in the Group Book-Signing (and I need to boogie over and get some of this incredible talent to sign the books I’ve bought!)

For those of you who have never been to any conference before, I’d like to make a few minor suggestions to enhance your conference experience:

  • Bring business cards – trust me, there are a lot of fascinating people to meet. Don’t you want them to remember you long after the conference is over? Well, give them something to hang onto!!
  • Seek people out – is there someone at the conference who writes in your genre? Who’s from the same town as you? Who’s wearing a great pair of stilettos? Go talk to them!!
  • Be excited about being there and meeting people – and if you’re not, well, fake it till you make it. Need I say more?

I’ll be blogging more about the individual workshops and authors in the days to come. Till then, know that attending a conference is like investing in yourself – so why aren’t you investing in yourself?

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