If any of you follow my twitter, or Rachel’s, or Sabrina’s, you know how we spent last weekend: Here in New Orleans at NOLA StoryCon, with about 30 authors and 300+ fellow book lovers!

You guys, it was fabulous!!! I mean, look at this author lineup:

NOLA Storycon was hosted by Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Armentrout, Kelley Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, and Melissa Marr, and they brought along a few friends: Lara Adrian, Jeanette Battista, Jenna Black, Kresley Cole, Zoraida Cordova, Cora Carmack, Jay Crownover, Kimberly Derting, Sonali Dev, Kami Garcia, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Wendy Higgins, Beverly Jenkins, Sophie Jordan, Katie McGarry, Chloe Neill, Jana Oliver, Pamela Palmer, Aprilynne Pike, Kristen Proby, Gena Showalter, Rachel Vincent, Sarah Wendell, and Samantha Young. Charlaine Harris was a special guest author, as well as two agents: Nancy Yost and Merrilee Heifetz.

Instead of a recap, I’m going to do a “High Five, Low Five”:

HIGH FIVE

So many things were awesome, it was hard to pick just five!

So many authors all in one place! Between Melissa Marr’s heartfelt discussion about people who wrote to her to thank her for writing about her personal life, to Sonali Dev’s hysterically funny discussion about editing, to Charlaine Harris talking about embarrassing fan moments, the questions were good and the authors appeared to be having as much fun as the fans.

The Brunch – All three of us attended the Sunday Brunch, which was surprisingly laid back and casual. Each author had a table and after brunch guests were encouraged to go from table to table talking to the authors, getting autographs and taking photos.

You guys!! It's Charlaine Harris!! #nolastorycon #shesamazing

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I love #sophiejordan books! It was wonderful to meet her at #nolastorycon #fangirling

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Meeting up with other bloggers – it’s always fun to see people you chat with online!

Tours – we didn’t go on any tours but everyone we talked to said they had a great time.  At one point, the conference hosts announced that they had heard people were too intimidated to speak with the authors on the tour, and were very encouraging that the fans should chat with the authors on the tours 🙂

The Volunteers – they deserve a round of applause. Our own Sabrina, The Geeky Junkee, was a volunteer and I can tell you she worked very hard. There was a lot to coordinate and with this being the first NOLA Storycon, there were a *few* growing pains but the volunteers worked to keep things running smoothly.

LOW FIVE

aka Growing Pains or First Year Glitches...

The hotel. The Wyndham Garden Baronne was clean and nice, but it didn’t have a restaurant or bar, which means you had to leave for any meals or refreshments. We got around that by bringing in wine and making our own party in the lobby, but one complaint we heard often was the lack of restaurant/bar. Also, it was hot downstairs in the con rooms. I know they were full of warm bodies but it just felt unusually warm.  Next year it’s at the JW Marriot and I can tell you for the brunch it was very comfortable temperature-wise.  Also, they have a restaurant/bar so it sounds like they’re already on top of this complaint!

The games at The Big Easy dinner – they played Truth or Dare, Marry/Date/Kill, and Romance Cards Against Humanity – all of which are fun but the room was just too big and some people wanted to chat while others wanted to play and it didn’t mix well.  I hope next year they do it at individual tables instead of the whole room.

The Big Signing. The room wasn’t big enough for all attendees to go in and they ended up letting a huge group in and then making the rest of the entrants wait 45 minutes before letting in 10 more people. Attendees were frustrated because the tickets promised to let StoryCon attendees in an hour before the general public. I think it worked out in the end but at the time the people in line didn’t know what was going on and were worried they’d run out of books or time. Also, they needed signage at the author’s tables because it was hard to find the authors – they were sitting down and all had lines of people standing in front of them.  They were not in alphabetical order, so it was a little confusing.

Hahaha, I don’t have a #4 or 5! We had too much fun!

(Here, have more pictures!)

#nolastorycon with @dawnchartier @alysarden @parajunkee

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#curran #latergram at Ilona Andrews #magicbinds release party.

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Pirate Jeaniene Frost holding up Ann uses shoe! 👠 #nolastorycon

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The weekend went by quickly and before I knew it, it was all over. I am super excited they’ve announced they will do another NOLA StoryCon next year on September 15-17, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott and it’s going to be bigger and better! Tickets will be going on sale soon, and I can tell you the tickets for 2016 went FAST (as in, less than 24 hours fast). Will we see you there next year?