Hey everyone! I hope everyone is finishing out their week STRONG. It’s been busy for me, with a lot of catch up to do at work and home.

My first UTOPiA Con was AWESOME. If you don’t know, UTOPiA is an annual book convention for authors, readers, bloggers, etc. to connect and learn more about the industry. This is only my second convention ever (Great Lakes Book Bash 2015 was my first), so I learned a LOT. It even inspired me to try a few new things. Before I get to the “what I learned” section, I wanted to talk a little about how amazing the experience was for me. Growing up, I idolized authors like Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, and more (of course). When I stumbled upon the indie book world, it was absolutely crazy to me that I could talk with actual authors who books I’ve enjoyed reading and sometimes forge LEGIT friendships with them. Mind-blowing! Then I arrived at UTOPiA Con and I met an overwhelming amount of these friends I’d made online. I tell you, it was like we’ve always been friends in person. If you have a chance to go to this convention next year, do it!

Edited to add: I loved meeting my fellow Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans members too! I’ve been an assistant on BOD for more than a year now and it was so cool to meet the admins and many authors from the group in person. <3  If you love Dystopian, zombies, apocalypse-type genres check out Band of Dystopian!

What I learned at UTOPiA Con 2016
    1. I went to an awesome blogger panel led by four established book bloggers. One of them was a BookTuber (posts reviews and bookish things on YouTube) named LuLo Fangirl, who inspired me to try it! I shared my first YouTube video yesterday evening and it was a lot of fun. I look forward to sharing more videos. (Link to my channel)

  1. The other new thing I tried when I got back from Nashville was a new interview post format. Paul B Kohler was my first guinea pig interview and I think it went well! What do you think? Also, don’t forget to enter his giveaway of a signed paperback (ends 7/6/2016)!
  2. Lastly, I am making it a priority to FINISH the book I started during NaNoWriMo 2014. I was a winner with over 50K words written that month, but the story has changed drastically (and multiple times) from the beginning of its journey. It’s time to end it! On the plane ride home, I created character profiles for each person in my story as well as the various locations that are important to the plot. Yesterday, I made a rough timeline of the novel. I am feeling pretty good about it. However…
  3. Continuing from point #3…I’ve decided not to read any book genres that are remotely close to Dystopian, Post-Apoc, Science Fiction (etc), until “Gray’s Shadow” is DONE. Any books I’ve already promised to review or beta read for will be done, but I am slimming down my reading a LOT. I’m serious about this book. I want you to read it. want to read it. Here are some previous posts about “Gray’s Shadow” if you have no idea what I’m talking about(except the Casey Bond post. She has a character named Gray in her book! 🙂 ) . However, it’s changed a LOT since these short pieces.

I think that’s all for now! If you have any suggestions for YouTube content, feel free to contact me in the comments, contact form, or Facebook. I think it’ll be fun to talk about books I’ve already read that I haven’t shared on here too. Woo!

Have a great day!

-Katy

 

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  • First of all you did a fantastic job and I think you will be a great Vlogger. Second I loved loved loved the United trilogy by Jaci Wheeler

    • Thank you so much! I’m excited!
      And I look forward to reading Jaci’s books…once I finish writing my own. Of COURSE I pick up like 8 Dystopian books at UTOPiA! Haha!

  • I actually think it is a really cool idea that you are not gonna read any books that might influence/effect your book while you’re finishing it. That seems like a great way to make sure it is all you and not influenced by what you are reading.

    • Yes! Exactly. I don’t want to accidentally steal something from a book I’m reading. Plus, if I give up (most) reading, then I’ll be devoting my time to more writing!

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