There have been three small conferences, and one huge National conference, and tons of local writing classes and meetings that I have attended the past two years when I decided to dive into my writing career. Throughout these events- I have had the honor to meet many best selling authors- including Nora Roberts, Meg Cabot, Suzanne Brockmann (Photos of them on the picture section of my website http://www.loislavrisa.com/).
What strikes me about them- is that they are so willing to spend time and talk with writers who are just getting off the ground. They are genuine in their interest to help other writers out. Thankfully a huge ego did not go with their best selling status- I have learned a great deal from their rise to fame- and for that I am grateful.