Here we are, post–Labor Day. According to the calendar, it won’t be autumn for another couple weeks, but around here, it feels like fall already. The days have grown noticeably shorter. And although the trees haven’t really started to turn, the writing community will get to experience some Colorado Gold this weekend.
The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) Colorado Gold Conference is an annual event held in the Denver area; this year it’s in Westminster at The Westin, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Of course, if you haven’t already registered, you’re out of luck: As of a couple days ago, the conference was announced as sold out. Better luck next year!
For those attending, or wanting to know what to expect from a writing conference such as this, the schedule is packed with sessions on writing craft as well as the business of writing (submissions, self-promotion, agent pitches, and so forth). There’s also a healthy dose of sessions about e-books and self-publishing, which is a viable route for many authors these days; in fact, one of the conference keynote speakers is Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, a highly successful self-serve publishing service.
In addition to the sessions, attendees have the chance to meet and pitch their latest projects to editors or agents in attendance. It’s also a great opportunity to network with fellow writers, which is one of the things I’m most looking forward to. This will be my first time to attend Colorado Gold, although I’ve met a few people I expect to be in attendance through their blogs or other online presences; it will be nice to finally meet in person.
On Friday night at the conference, there’s a book signing. This is also the launch for the RMFW anthology, Crossing Colfax. As I wrote several months ago, I have a story included in this anthology, so I’ll be on hand for this event, certainly, and I’m looking forward to meeting the other authors. I’ve read the collection already and was thoroughly impressed by the quality and variety of stories included—an eclectic mix, to be sure! You never know what you’re going to get with an anthology, and naturally I’m a little biased since I’m in this one. But this is a book I can recommend to anyone. Crossing Colfax is available now on Amazon.com.
I was surprised to read on the conference website that they don’t have Wi-Fi in the session rooms. I’m used to attending technology conferences where everywhere access to reliable Wi-Fi is essential throughout all conference areas. I mean, how else are you going to live blog the proceedings? Maybe for a writing conference, it’s not so important. However, I for one am not too happy about this omission. I’ll have to wait and see how much of a data hit it causes for me.
Anyway, I’ve got to start packing and getting ready for the weekend now. If you’re planning to be there as well, track me down and say hi! Tweet me @bkwins if you want to grab a coffee or other libation.