This morning began with the Rosary and daily Mass hosted by the Catholic Marketing Network in the Radisson grand ballroom. Then I walked over to the Catholic Writers Conference in the Scanticon Valley Forge Hotel, through a labyrinthine maze of hallways.
The first session was an introduction to the Catholic Writers Guild and what it offers -- I met several authors before the session started and enjoyed hearing about their books (and telling them about mine)!
The second session I attended (there were three options) was a presentation by Lisa Wheeler of The Maximus Group, a PR and Communications agency. She gave several good tips on book promotion. I then attended a session on "How to Make the Most of Your Blog" which I left half way through to take a tour of the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in the Valley Forge Convention Center on the lower level of the hotel. I talked to one publisher about submitting a book proposal, one print media company about publishing a review of Supremacy and Survival, and one broadcast media company about a TV interview. I also stopped by my publisher's booth, Scepter and checked in with their marketing specialist.
After lunch in the Radisson, I walked back over to the Scanticon to attend the panel discussion on Catholic fiction which included my friend Elena-Maria Vidal and then stayed in the same room to hear her talk on Catholic historical fiction. She and I plan to get together for a reception tonight here in the Radisson.
When I arrived back in my room and connected to the internet, I found this very nice post by Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons blogger and Catechist on the Son Rise Morning Show! Then I found this nice post on Le Fleur de Lys too!
This is a huge complex and walking back and forth between the Scanticon and the Radisson will probably be my main form of exercise this week! I do need to step outside; I've been in the hotel complex all day.