In my research, I heard about a convention called “Romfest,” not to be confused with Romcon. While scanning over the page, I noticed the name of the founder of the event, Trista Ann Michaels. Now there is a special place in my heart for events created by authors and the fact that I had read a few of Trista’s titles only amplified the enthusiasm.
I looked through the pictures of their 2012 event and was blown away by the success of Romfest’s first year and simply had to know more. You see, I’m sure there are authors who would love to throw their own event, but what Trista has achieved and what I’m sure she will achieve with the next event is phenomenal. I couldn't imagine all of the hard work, time and effort that had gone into such an event. So, I wrote to Trista with all my curiosity and graciously, she accepted the offer for an interview which I will now share:
Give a brief description of the Romfest event?
When and how did you know you were ready to sponsor your own event?
Had you had any experience in event planning prior to the first Romfest?
How long was Romfest in the planning stages?
Have you done massive writers’ conventions in the past? Do you currently attend large conventions?
Did you have help planning your first event?
What if any difficulties did you have starting Romfest?
What if any difficulties do you have during the event considering you are the spearhead of Romfest?
How many years has Romfest existed?
What was the hardest part about planning Romfest?
What effect has Romfest had on promoting your work?
How did you advertise your event? Did you start with your mailing list and work outward?
Did you call on other authors to help with the event?
How do you decide on the programming and events for Romfest?
Do you have a conductor/moderator or staff to assist you during the event?
What if any items, gifts or memorabilia do the attendees receive?
Do you set registration by a reader to author ratio?
Is there a percentage of programming and events dedicated to readers and authors?
Was it hard to get guests of honor and speakers for the event?
How did you decide on the cost of your event?
How do you see Romfest growing in the future? What do you see it becoming?
If you could give advice to other writers thinking about creating their own event what would it be?
Trista Ann Michaels is an award winning author that resides deep in the hills of East TN. A frequent sufferer of nightmares, it’s often from the ashes of those bad dreams that her stories will unfold. As the wife of an airline pilot and the mother of three, Trista is often struggling to balance writing with family and just like family, her characters are always in her thoughts, screaming for attention. One of these days she’ll get around to gagging them…but not today…
Trista Ann Michaels' Website: http://tristaannmichaels.blogspot.com/
Romfest Event site: http://www.romfest.com/