It's now Sunday morning, the day after Eroticon 2012. My feet and legs are aching, I think I may have lost half a stone from running around Bristol (got lost) and not eating much (nerves and too busy talking to people) but wow, what an amazing time!
I went to the conference as one of the speakers to talk about self-publishing and taking control as an indie author. I was on first, which was great to get it out of the way, but also caused a mild panic as I was worried I wouldn't get set up in time. I didn't need to worry. The team at the venue were on hand to help me set up the laptop and projector so I was all set to go. I think my talk went well and I had plenty of people catch up with me later to have a chat, which I figure is a good sign!
After my part was done, I could relax. Next I went to a talk from Maxim Jakubowski, an author with thirty-plus years of erotic writing under his belt. Then was the publisher panel. They talked about what they don't want to see any more of (erotic stories where the reader think the characters are having an affair and then the couple turn out to be married at the end) and what they'd like to see more of (Victorian spanking - who knew!).
There were so many highlights, I hardly know where to start. I think, other than getting to meet everyone, my two highlights were the spanking show from London Faerie and his kind offer to be at the end of an email should I need any advice or extra eyes on any BDSM stories, and getting to sit next to Maxim Jakubowski during drinks and drilling him on writing, famous authors he knows (Clive Barker, Anne Rice), and things that inspire him (travel).
So will I go back next year? Absolutely! I'm looking forward to it already!