I need a t-shirt that says: I survived RT!
I'm home. Alive, but exhausted. Ragged voice and weary body. Let's not talk about my brain.
I have much I want to share about my experiences at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, but I need to get my thoughts in order. And I need a working, rested brain for that. For today, let's just say that I had a wonderful time meeting and hanging with old friends, and meeting and speaking with new friends.
I met some lovely people for the very first time including authors Alexandra Sokoloff, Harley Jane Kozak, HelenKay Dimon, and Erin McCarthy. I performed alongside Alex and Harley, both professional performers as well as published authors, in our friend Heather Graham's musical theater production. We spent a lot of time together in rehearsals and I have to say these ladies are a blast and super nice. Can't wait to read their books.
HelenKay, who I know from blogosphere, attended the 'Networking' workshop that Mary and I presented. I was thrilled when she introduced herself. A face to go with the blogger. *g* And what a nice person! Genuine and warm. It only wants to make me read her work even more. *Waving to HelenKay*
As for Erin, I met her when the 80s Trivia workshop that she hosted with my friend Kathy Love. I have to say the trivia games (and the prizes) were a hoot. (Yes, I played!!) Erin and Kathy were fun and entertaining. Even though they didn't focus on their books, you walked away wanting to buy one! Well done, ladies. *g*
That's one of the perks to attending reader/writer conventions. Meeting readers/writers face-to-face. Making a live connection often inspires someone to buy your book. They like you, so they want to support you. They like you as a person so they're intrigued and encouraged to read your work.
That's if you make a good impression.
Unfortunately, I ran into the occasional person who did not make a good impression. I have to admit, I'm not inspired to read something by someone who is... diplomatically-challenged. I was going to say rude, insensitive, inconsiderate... but someone on HelenKay's blog used the term diplomatically-challenged and I think that says it all... and more diplomatically. LOL Often times successful 'networking' simply boils down to being genuine, courteous, and respectful. Honestly, it is that simple.
I'll report more on RT in the coming week, but I have to break off to thank those who emailed me over the past week to tell me they already saw ALL ABOUT EVIE on the shelves! Tomorrow is the official release date, but apparently she was eager to get out and about and jumped the gun. *g* Some people (FeyRhi) even already read the book and shot me an enthusiastic email which I very much appreciated! Someone also wrote to ask if ALL ABOUT EVIE will be available in e-book as well. The answer is, yes! You can purchase the e -book version at eHarlequin!
I'm off to try to catch up on email and to prep for tomorrow. It's going to be another whirlwind week, but, man, what a ride!