Since convention season is in full swing I thought I’d share with you 13 things I learned at my first writer’s convention in 2008 …

1. When in the presence of such authors as Susan Wiggs or Suzanne Brockman … it is rude to drool on their shoes.

2. NYT Best sellers don’t like you rubbing against them to see if their greatness actually transfers.

3. Sleep is overrated.

4. Always call for the guaranteed wake-up call, that way when you don’t receive it … your room is free.

5. If your roommate unpacks more little bottles of liquor than panties … you picked the right roommate!

6. When you go out to lunch, make sure the restaurant is young and trendy and you sit in the section with the cutest waiter.

7. Always set your cellphone alarm. (See #4.) Breakfast begins at 7 am even if you’re still in the shower.

8. Wine and lack of sleep are a baaad combination … especially in the presence of a hunky waiter.

9. Bring an extra suitcase for all the books everyone gives away.

10. Only bring half as much promotional material as you think you need. Remember … they’re all authors looking to promote their books too!

11. Authors always have a storyline on their mind … erotic authors should remember not everyone takes kindly to you sharing it with them. Okay, so this guy has nothing to do with that … but he’s pretty sexy and I couldn’t resist sharing him.

12. Agents and editors are only human. No matter how they glow or appear to walk on water … they are not demi-Gods … they want to contract writers with good books (and you have a good book) … Repeat this mantra as many times as needed to get through your pitch.

13. Whatever happens at the convention … stays at the convention … even if it isn’t in Las Vegas! (Refer back to #8.)

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