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No One Barfed: Two Successful Author Events

Members of the Capital City Writers nailed two successful events last week, a romance author panel at a local bookstore and the second annual Summertime Scrawl. These events inspired both readers and writers, and not a single person barfed from stress or nerves. Hooray!

The panel of five Capital City romance authors included Lyssa Kay Adams, Alyssa Alexander, Elizabeth Heiter, Alixandria Sure, and debut author Meika Usher (left to right, below).


All seats filled up by start time, and it was standing room only, with an audience that spilled well out of the staging area. There was laughter, a lively Q&A session, and a friendly book signing. My critique group partner Meika Usher gave a sparkling and hilarious introduction to her debut novel, Something So Sweet, which is available as an ebook and also a beautifully designed, adorable paperback. She sold out of every hard copy that she had lugged to the store.


Just a few days later, my critique group partners and I joined forces to host this year's Summertime Scrawl, which included members of our own Capital City Writers as well as the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America. It was a pleasure welcoming these groups into my newly renovated day job location, which has begun renting event space for a variety of creative groups and community justice projects.


The room filled up with all kinds of writers, from fresh newbies to self-pub stars to international bestsellers. We cheered each other on and offered quiet, focused moral support.


We enjoyed refreshments to graze on all day as well as professional massages to get us through seven hours of keyboard pounding.

Mass writing events like this offer the best kind of peer pressure.

I now have 16,000 words in my new manuscript and a boost of inspiration to get me through the summer.

Nice work, Capital City Writers! Our summer events have been big hits, and absolutely no one has barfed.

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