Jenna on GRL 2017

Hello, everyone! I attended my first ever  Gay Romance Lit Retreat and it was amazing!

What GRL is not:

  • A place to make tons of money selling your books
  • A place to pitch publishers
  • A place to learn about the craft of writing through panels, workshops, and discussions

So, what is GRL?

  • A giant slumber party with all the friends you never knew you had
  • A place to meet authors you’ve never heard of and buy their books
  • A grand game of “get every author to sign their books.”
  • A wild party.

There are three levels of attendees at GRL: featured author, supporting author, and attendee. The spots for authors are limited and there’s a publishing requirement for both. (Featured authors must have 3 books currently published and available for sale, supporting authors need 1.) A lot of newer authors (like myself) go as attendees but there are also a lot of attendees who are readers, and that’s what the focus of this event is on. It’s not a place to shine a spotlight on famous authors but rather a place for readers to connect with authors and fellow readers over the books that they love. read more

BishounenCon on Geeks Out

My first article for Geeks Out is up and it’s a review of BishounenCon 2017.

Overall, I had a blast and so did the attendees. We were short staffed, but we made it work and I think we really put on an excellent convention, especially for a first-year convention. There were some snafus, like not having a long enough HDMI cord for the panel room with AV and not being able to stream the content we were planning on from Funimation, but that’s lessons learned. Never trust streaming and no HDMI cord is long enough unless it can stretch across the room. We actually did a late-night Walmart run for a 12′ HDMI cord but that was still too short. read more

2017 Convention Schedule

It’s that wonderful time of year again: convention season! (Okay, so technically there are conventions year round, but up here in the Northeast we tend to hibernate when there’s snow on the ground.) This year’s kind of a messy and busy trifecta for me since I have BishounenCon, Yaoi North (Anime North), and RainbowCon in what feels like too short of a time. Since I’m either staff or a volunteer for all three of those, it’s a busy time of the year right now with planning and scheduling and marketing. Anyway, here’s what’s coming up: read more

Rainbow Con 2017

I’m very much looking forward to attending the 2017 iteration of Rainbow Con! Rainbow Con’s held a whole lot of firsts for me. It was the first convention I attended where I was travelling alone, the first convention where I had met literally no one that was going to be there and really had only barely met some of the people who’d be there while working with them online, and the first convention that I attended as a published author. I was a volunteer at both the 2014 and 2015 convention (since at this point, I’m so used to running the conventions I’m at that it feels wrong to go to a convention and just attend) and it was a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun. read more

Happy Gay Romance Literature Retreat Weekend!

GRL (Gay Romance Lit Retreat) is going on in Kansas City, MO this week and while I couldn’t make it, I know a lot of awesome people who are going to be there. I really wish I could be there to enjoy the fun, but since I can’t, I’d like to live vicariously through all of you. So, tell me, what authors are you excited to meet this weekend and/or what are your favorite books that you’ve picked up while there? (And for those of us playing along at home, who do you wish you could meet and what are your favorite books by said author?) read more