1. Alyssa Day brought me bosom cookies. There is nothing better than sugar and baked goods in homage to bosoms. Thank you! And Barb Ferrer made the trip for the day just to say howdy to me and to her buddies.
2. So many people stopped to meet me, which made me incredibly happy.
Side Note: a very kind person stopped me while I was setting up my computer at Mr. Romance and said, “I know this is rude, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your web site.” Please know: NOT RUDE! AWESOME! I’m often moving very fast or running my mouth at conferences like these, but please know that if you want to meet me, please introduce yourself. I love to meet the people who visit Smart Bitches, especially the lurkers. I’m a lurker just about everywhere else.
3. Jaye Wells and Sophia White were marvelous people to sit next to. Between them and Michelle Monkou at the Boonsboro signing, I have been tremendously fortunate in my table neighbors at book signings.
4. Jaye Wells is a sparkling person of excellent attitude contained in a sharp witty shell, and her books, to her surprise and delight, are a hit with the YA crowd. At least one teen had her mom bring her to the signing to meet the author, even though the book itself wasn’t marketed to the YA audience.
Plus, as I mentioned earlier, she said something so incredibly wise: “Any book that sells is good for all of us.” Amen to that. It’s not all a zero-sum game.
5. Dakota Cassidy stopped at my table as she took a break from her own signing, and told me that she has received some of the funniest reader letters, including one that read, “I just want you to know, I am a vampire, and you have got it allllll wrong.” HA! Anyone else received an email like that?
6. Two words: Aztec Lady. Me: SQUEEEEEE!
7. Sasha White had books piled everywhere, and signed a ton of them. But she also had readers stop by to meet her because they already owned all of her books and just wanted to shake her hand. How cool is that? And she ran out of bookmarks, because her bookmarks had her complete book list, and made a very handy shopping list. Take note, those planning the promo items!
8. Twitter RULES. Not only were Angela James and Jane running around taking pics of the authors, but because of a tweet from Angela James, one RT attendee took a detour down to Jaye Wells’ table to buy her book.
9. The blood drive organized by Raz Steel? BRILLIANT. I’m not eligible to give blood, but if I were, I’d have been up in that trailer like the Queen of the Doublewide, with some polyester curtains and a redwood deck.
10. My weirdest experience? Surprisingly NOT at RT: After the Princeton panel, I was walking back to the hotel so I could head to the airport, and a man followed me from the audience, and despite the fact that I was on the phone at the time, proceeded to tell me about how he met this romance cover model and had a wonderfully intimate relationship with her, how he found her based on the cover image and her modeling bio online, but then lost contact with her, and did I perhaps know her so I could help him find her? He didn’t recall her name, but she was blonde.
No, seriously. I’m not kidding.
Somewhere, Dakota Cassidy is nodding and saying, “See? I told you. You learn some funky stuff in romance.” OMG YOU ARE SO RIGHT.
Were you at the RT signing? Who did you meet or look forward to seeing? Or did you follow the Twitter updates as they happened? How was your signing experience? And does anyone know this blonde cover model?