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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My First Romance Convention: A True Winner by S. E. Smith



My First Romance Convention: A True Winner

By S. E. Smith

Julie, Sally and I at the Crowne Plaza
While it may seem as if I’m an experienced author, nothing says rookie more than the doe-in-the-headlight look in my eyes and the shaking inside as I attended my first romance convention. RomCon 2014 was an incredible experience filled with wonderful guest speakers, generous and knowledgeable authors, and a fan base that would humble any author. Eve Langlais told me that attending RomCon last year was like jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool. I am just thankful I am a good swimmer because that was where all the fun and action was.

I was stunned to learn I had won the RomCon 2014 Readers Crown Award for Science Fiction Romance with Ha’ven’s Song: Curizan Warrior Book 1.
Synopsis: Emma Watson’s life changes when she is rescued by creatures not of this world. Ha’ven Ha’darra is the Crown Prince of the Curizans. No woman has ever turned him down and he isn’t about to accept his mate doing it. He just has a few extra problems to overcome. The Valdier have given him six months to change Emma’s mind, a traitor is trying to kill them, and they have crashed on a remote moon.
Ha’ven’s Song: Curizan Warrior Book 1 is available at


I attended several of the RomCon University workshops hosted by many of the great authors and publishing houses while I was there. Guest speakers, such as NYT Bestselling author Debra Holland, Robin Cutler from Ingram, Jim Azevedo from Smashwords, and other wonderful presentations by Cherry Adair and Jennifer Zane provided insight into what makes an author successful. One of the most important things I learned was that reviews do matter. Jim Azevedo from Smashwords walked attendees through the Algorithm used by Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks and more when it comes to understanding ranking, promotion and important steps for ensuring the author’s story is not lost.
Mina Khan, Michele Callahan, and me

I also loved meeting up with my two of my Alphas Unleashed authors, Mina Khan and Michele Callahan. Alphas Unleashed went to #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller’s list for Superheroes and #2 in Science Fiction Romance behind….. Razor’s Traitorous Heart! LOL. Mina and Michele both had fun giving me a hard time about that. Both women were not only amazingly supportive of me, but I am in awe over the wonderful stories they write. If you have not checked them out, I would recommend it.


Razor’s Traitorous Heart: The Alliance Book 2 continues to be #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller’s list in Science Fiction Romance. This story follows the struggles back on Earth after their first contact with aliens. You’ll also get a chance to catch up on previous characters. For more infomration or to purchase, click on the links below.



Alphas Unleashed refuses to be left behind. It is currently #1 on Amazon in Science Fiction/Fantasy Superheroes. This anthology by Mina Khan, Michele Callahan, Carolyn Jewel, and me will take you on an adventure from Earth and beyond. Whether you are looking for witches, djinns, or more Alphas Unleashed has just the story for you.

Me with Author Alanea Alder
The biggest impact on me was how generous and supportive all the authors and fan were. I was stepping out of my comfort zone (that is the small bedroom I had converted to an office) and it was an amazing experience. Kudos to Michele, Jennifer and all the others who worked so hard to make RomCon the best, but I’d like to express a very, very, very special thank you to my readers who came from great distances to say hi and who helped make this the best experience ever. 


Holly, Terry, Julie, Beth, me, Tina, and Mandy enjoying a lunch break!
Me with Fan Tina


Michelle won the Kindle Fire giveaway

Holly, me and Terry (Daughter and Mom fans)
Beth and me
Me with Michele Callahan, President of RomCon
Fans can visit me at SESmithFL@gmail.com or visit my web site at: http://sesmithfl.com. Join me for additional information about the books at http://pinterest.com/sesmithfl/s-e-smith/, http://twitter.com/sesmithfl, http://facebook.com/se.smith.5 and at my new book discussion forum at http://www.sesmithromance.com. I look forward to chatting with you!

7 comments:

Eve Langlais said...

Look at the smile in the pics. So glad you had fun at your first event. It's weird to escape the writing cave, but also really awesome especially because you get to meet the readers who love the worlds we create :D

Carmen Boria said...

Your First Rom Con Sounds Great. Look like you had a Awesome time, Congrats again on the Award. You have created a world that i love in your stories and will continue to visit.

S. E. Smith said...

You were right, Eve! It was like jumping in the deep end AND it was so much fun. I learned a lot that I didn't know about and have a lot of 'fun' work ahead of me.

Jessica Parsons(Hale) said...

sounds like it went great, wish i could of been there, congrats on your award.

Rashda Khan said...

Congrats on surviving your first con...and with so much grace & style! So glad we got to meet :)

(((Hugs)))
Mina

Michele Callahan said...

I had tons of fun meeting you in person! I am very glad you decided to come out of the cave. :). Michele

Heather said...

awww looks like you had a blast! I'm so glad you did and I for one am LOVING the other pic's you're posting! And congrats on the award! you soooo deserve it!

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