I just wanted to give a quick impression of ShiMMer 2019, the fabulous MM romance event I attended in Birmingham, UK last weekend. It was an absolute success for me, and I’ll definitely be back next time.
Bringing swag is always a bit of a hassle and challenge when you’re flying in, so a big banner wasn’t an option for me. But I think my set up turned out really well, and readers seemed to appreciate the swag I brought because I almost ran out of all of it.
ShiMMer officially started on Saturday with a big signing from ten till four, but we also had a pub diner on Friday or those who wanted. And Saturday evening, there was another optional dinner with entertainment. I sadly missed most of that, because standing all day had seriously aggravated an old injury and I desperately needed to rest it. But despite that, the whole event was a resounding success for me.
I loved meeting readers, many for the first time. It was so much fun to see the faces behind the Facebook names/profiles. Sometimes, all readers would have to say was, “I’m so and so,” and I’d be flying from behind my table to hug them.
And I made some new connections as well! A huge thanks to readers who had never read my books and took a chance on me. It always makes me so happy to hear afterward how much they loved the book of mine I recommended to them.
Connecting with fellow authors was good as well, some for the first time and others for a renewed contact. We so rarely see each other, and it’s always so much easier to keep connected once you’ve seen each other in person. I loved chatting more deeply with a few and got to know some new ones.
I loved the laid back atmosphere of ShiMMer and the time we had to chat with readers. Because it’s relatively small and intimate, it made for a lot of personal contact and I really appreciated that.
A big thanks to the organizers and till next time!