My real life experience wasn't far off.
I sold two paperbacks and one reader left hers on my table. I noticed this later, jumped up from my table and began searching the room. Luckily she was still milling around and I didn't have to take to the streets.
My table buddy, S.G. Holster. Total glam girl with a heart of gold.
Thessa, head volunteer organizer. I brought her a gift in thanks for her hard work and she brought me a hug - from author Rachael Wade who is friends with Thessa and told her I'd be there. Hugs are the best!
Andrea, a reader who brought her own copies of Entangled and Duplicity for me to sign and wanted to get a picture together.
Book blogger Ashley at Nose Graze for stopping by to chat and mentioning me in this post.
The Book Nerds who drove down from Medford, OR in their pink shirts going around from table to table collecting autographs in their cool self-made scrapbooks - and anyone else who asked for signatures on Kindle cases, totes, T-shirts, and posters. These lovelies know how to make any author feel special. Book angels all of them!
Out of the 500 people who registered for the event, only 250 showed up. Stephanie and I tried to lure those who did show up to our table with free bookmarks and Ghirardelli chocolate. (Good one, Steph!)
Feeling like a small fish in a big pond. Actually, more like a fish yanked OUT of the pond, flopping around, gasping for breath.
Waiting in a hotel shuttle line at the airport for an hour for a shuttle that didn't exist. (My poor husband. I'm the queen of assumptions and poor planning.)
Not being able to see much of San Francisco through all the fog.
Finding myself with three boxes of unsold books to mail back home on a Sunday. We ended up renting a car for the day just so we could load the trunk and drive to an open UPS store. One hundred dollars to ship back. I don't know why I get hung up on stuff like that considering the expense of the hotel, air travel, taxis, paperbacks, and eating out, but dang! At least Seb's suggestion that I buy a roll of Saran Wrap to protect my books panned out. They all arrived home in perfect condition.
|With authors Laura A. H. Elliott, S.G. Holster, and Bethany Lopez.|
Unless you're a big fish, independently wealthy, have a great paying day job, or sugar daddy, keep your appearances local or online.
See you in Seattle! ;-)