SC was indeed heavenly, though the residents complained because it was ONLY in the 60s. The first day there we heard that Michigan had gotten four more inches of snow, so we were thrilled with a high of 62.
The Francis Marion Hotel was beautiful and friendly, the city is historic and inviting, the restaurants were many and varied, all of which made Chauffeur John happy, since he has to amuse himself while I schmooze.
So what was PubSmart? It was a unique collection/collaboration of professionals who gathered to present advice and ideas for writers and small publishers. The world of publishing has changed so much in the last few years that it's hard to keep up, and I was intrigued by all the possibilities that are out there. While anyone CAN publish today, there are still reasons not to until you understand how to do it well.
If anyone is interested in more detail, I have lots of new resources now. I understand the organizers of PubSmart plan to do another conference next year, so you might plan to go and see for yourself. At the conference I found honest discussion of traditional vs self publishing, aids to authors from expert to newbie, and lots of professionals willing to talk about books and how to get them prepared, printed, and distributed in places readers will actually be able to find them.
If you'd like to be published, it boils down to what do you know about the business, how much do you want to spend, and where do you want your books to end up. With the answers to those questions, you'll publish smarter, which I suppose is where the PubSmart moniker came from.