How many of you guys have gone to a reader-focused convention/conference? Or maybe you're like, "Huh? What's that?"

I've been to a couple reader conferences, and let me tell you, they are FUN.  As an author, I LOVE--as in really LOVE--hanging out with the readers. 

I mean, you guys read our books. Fall in love with our stories and characters. Want to know more about them....Reader conferences are the way to do just that. 

These past five days I've been in Savannah, GA at the Authors After Dark (AAD) conference. It was my first time attending this particular conference and I'll tell ya...it was super fun. 
Small and intimate, we got to interact with readers through panels, lunches, dinners, ice cream socials...and just hanging in the lobby.

I was on a few panels, but this particular picture was from the ODD Paranormal panel. It was fun chatting up with the readers, answering their questions. 

Can you guess the most frequent question I was asked?

Being that this is an NA blog, I'm guessing you know the question:

"What's this New Adult thing?"

Yep. At the book signing, on the panels, and just hanging out with other authors and readers. Some even asked if I thought it might be a fad. 

I answered everyone with a confident, "No, it's not a fad. It will last." As we chatted, I was sure to confirm that things are cyclical, like genres, popularity of certain genres, etc. But the New Adult category will always be around within those fluctuating genres. 

Right now contemporary is really the "it" thing. Sometime soon that could slow down a bit and paranormal swing back in, or thriller, maybe another genre. But there will always be room for the college age peeps within any fluctuation that might happen.

So, what do you guys think? Is NA a Fad? Will it last? How 'bout other genres within NA? What's the next hot one?


***Here are some pictures from the event if you want to check them out***
There were so many awesome pictures, I couldn't put them all here, otherwise this post would be pages long, so I picked out a few. I have more on my FB page if you want to check it out.

This was a sign at the hotel. I was like, Wait, Alligators???
I wasn't so sure I wanted to walk along the river.... LOL
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I went with the amazing and very talented Kendall Grey--road tripping by a totally packed-out mini-van of swag and....other stuff. **wink**
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I got to meet some amazing readers throughout the week. This one was taken at the Elemental Ball. It was just great meeting so many awesome people who truly enjoy reading and supporting their favorite authors.
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Rebecca Zanetti is one of my favorite authors. I was lucky enough to spend a bunch of time with her! AND, I got to watch her win a Bookie award for one of her short stories.

The Bookie Awards were super fun, I was honored enough to be nominated for a rising star award, and while I didn't win, it was exciting to have been a part of the event!
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Being from the desert, I wasn't used to the water or the humidity. One morning I checked the weather channel and it was 94% humidity.

How is that even possible? *LOL* But it was kind of neat to see...for a while. In the end...I'll stick with my arid desert.  :)
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Here are some Seymour Agency sisters. Left to Right: Julie Ann Walker, Jaime Rush, (me) and Kait Ballenger. It was so great to catch up with some of my agency sisters. Such great peeps!  We sure missed Super Agent Nicole, though.
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Have to give a big shout out to Sue at Gravetells. I got to hang out with her a few times. It was great. She runs an awesome site over at Gravetells, you should check it out if you want to talk books and find some well thought out reviews. You're sure to find some new authors there to check out.
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On Saturday there was a book signing. It was great to see all the people roaming around, chatting up the authors and picking up some books they maybe normally wouldn't have.

I got to meet some awesome people and had a blast making some new friends. A big shout out to Hope Wethers who helped me at my booth and Debi Krupa who was always so willing to go the extra mile to help support the authors there!!

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  1. I think as long as authors continue writing for that target audience and publishers believe there's a market for it, then NA is here to stay.

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. So true, Laura. Readers helped create this category, and there will always be people after YA and then growing up toward NA. I'm so excited to see how this evolves over the coming years!! :) Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Readers conference? Now that sounds awesome. I wonder why I've never heard of one before--and GA? That's so close to home. I might have to stop in next year.

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    1. Crystal: Yeah, it was in GA this year. It's in New Orleans next year. Really fun conference. Lots of reader - author interaction. :)

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  3. I've never been to a conference, and I doubt I'll ever be able to afford one, but they look fun. :)

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    1. Hey, you never know what'll happen, girlfriend. :)

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  4. I agree. I think it will continue to grow and expand more and more into other genres. Right now a lot of people think it is dark, sexy romance. But that's just a piece of it. I think other genres will catch up. :)

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    1. You're right, Rachel. It's just a piece of it. The cycle of genres is inevitable. Super excited. :)

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  5. Awesome pics, Reese! Looks like you had a blast :-)

    P.S. Is NA super popular right now? You bet! Do I think it's only a fad? I sure hope not!

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    1. Thanks, Faith. Oh yeah. NA this. NA that. But still, a lot of people don't know it/understand it. So it was really fun to get to chat it up all weekend. :)

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  6. Sounds like an awesome time, and I'd love to sit on a panel. I don't think it's a fad, but I've heard worse at conferences - like mysteries are on their way out - the paranormal is going nowhere - and both of those in 2008. I think those soothsayers were very, very wrong!

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  7. Wow, looks like you had an awesome time!!! "Don't feed the alligators." HAHA. :D I like that picture!

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  8. Definitely not a fad.

    I've been reading it for years, it just didn't have a specific name. Lesley Lokko is a prime example of what I look for in NA.

    And I'm totally jealous, we get nothing like that here :( I can't even find a local book club!

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