All About the Indies Signing Conference 2017

This year, in February of 2017, I was lucky enough to attend the first All About the Indies Book Signing Conference. The conference was hosted by Author Sade Rena on February 18 at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston. There were nearly 30 authors in attendance and I had such a good time getting to know them all and networking with them. The weather worked against us, though, as it was the first real warm day of the year with temperatures 20 degrees above the norm! Although we didn't get many attending readers, the time spent connecting was fabulous--along with the hotel and the break the whole trip provided. I really enjoyed spending time with all of the authors and will share my videos and pictures of the trip below.

Snowy Drive Down
Snowy Drive Down

It was snowing quite a bit in NY and PA

Snowy Trees
Snowy Trees
Conference Day!
Conference Day!

I have my game face on!

Always Start with...
Always Start with...

A good breakfast. The Holiday Inn's food was top notch!

My Signing Table Set-up
My Signing Table Set-up
A look at the room
A look at the room
A look at the far wall
A look at the far wall
Entrance area outside the room
Entrance area outside the room
Visit to Tamara's table beside me
Visit to Tamara's table beside me
Almost ready to begin
Almost ready to begin
A closer look
A closer look
Yay! Gluten free lemon cupcake
Yay! Gluten free lemon cupcake

No one will ever know what it means to me to have my dietary restrictions catered to. I really enjoyed that cupcake.

EJ liked them too!
EJ liked them too!
Playing the Werewolf game
Playing the Werewolf game

Rules of the game can be found in my YouTube video description

Werewolf Game at the Afterparty
Werewolf Game at the Afterparty
Sade is having fun
Sade is having fun
Hi there, Tamara!
Hi there, Tamara!

She turned out to be a werewolf!

Our Game moderator
Our Game moderator

This was so much fun!

A Little Bit About the Hotels - I always like to know if a hotel or restaurant is worth my time and money, so I always review. You can find all my travel reviews HERE:  

Hello from the Sheraton Herndon
Hello from the Sheraton Herndon

A very nice room with soft, dark ambience

Loved the soft lighting
Loved the soft lighting

And that desk was huge--nice workstation

This bed...
This bed...

Was a little hard for my liking. I need a softer mattress or my hips hurt and I toss, but it was still a nice bed.

The best part...
The best part...

was the pool and hot tub downstairs and having room service after a very long drive while watching some Masterchef Junior

In the morning
In the morning

Having Starbucks coffee was divine

There was no fridge in this room
There was no fridge in this room

so I put a half and half carton in the ice bucket

Hello from the Holiday Inn Arlington
Hello from the Holiday Inn Arlington

I LOVED this room

The bed here...
The bed here...

was much softer. I really slept well.

The room was spacious and modern
The room was spacious and modern

Big enough to be very comfortable in

Loved the little Keurig
Loved the little Keurig

And having the fridge made keeping cream easy. The ingredients in whitener are GMO and lethal! lol

My view of the hotel...
My view of the hotel...

Walking back from dinner at Applebee's. It was conveniently, and literally, right around the corner

Pictures from sightseeing in the D.C. Area

Outside the Ronald Reagan Building
Outside the Ronald Reagan Building

where I'd parked

I think this was the Treasury?
I think this was the Treasury?
Not sure what that was
Not sure what that was

but I thought it was a pretty building

Inside of the Ronald Reagan building
Inside of the Ronald Reagan building
The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian
Beautiful architecture
Beautiful architecture
Smithsonian & Washington Monument
Smithsonian & Washington Monument
Monument
Monument
It's huge!
It's huge!
Getting closer
Getting closer
At the base
At the base
The base
The base
One of the flags at the base
One of the flags at the base
The decor lining the reflecting pool
The decor lining the reflecting pool
A wreath for every state & territory
A wreath for every state & territory
Closeup of some artwork
Closeup of some artwork
The big picture
The big picture
More of the wall with art carved in
More of the wall with art carved in
Seal at the bottom of the Atlantic
Seal at the bottom of the Atlantic

arch

Reflecting Pool
Reflecting Pool
Reflecting Pool
Reflecting Pool
The Monument is now behind me
The Monument is now behind me
The Lincoln Memorial lies ahead
The Lincoln Memorial lies ahead
Getting Closer
Getting Closer
And closer
And closer
The North Wall inside
The North Wall inside
Ceiling
Ceiling
Me feeling patriotic
Me feeling patriotic
So humbling
So humbling
The White House in the distance?
The White House in the distance?

I kept mine...

Columns Inside
Columns Inside
The Monument across the way
The Monument across the way
Some cool outdoor busts
Some cool outdoor busts
Maybe this was the Treasury? LOL
Maybe this was the Treasury? LOL
This was called the Lockmaster's
This was called the Lockmaster's

something...

Memorial
Memorial
Dinner at Applebee's
Dinner at Applebee's

And Author Lynn Lamb kept me company on Messenger. This is the silly face I sent her

Drink that inspired said silly face
Drink that inspired said silly face
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