Jul 11 2007
I can see that the blog time is wrong and will change that. I also have realized that I forgot to post an afternoon review. Many apologies. It’s frenetic here and I doubt that many reviews will be going up this week. I hope you’ll understand.
I got back to the room at 8:48 and realized I had left my camera at the literacy signing. I shlepped back down with Sybil and picked it up. There was one author who was still there and it was Sherrilyn Kenyon. Long after all other authors had left, Kenyon stayed to talk to each fan who had come to see her. When Sybil and I went down to chat, she was still smiling and gracious. Color me very impressed. I did ask her about the “big ass swan” and she replied that one of her books, Born in Sin, had a terrible back cover copy and all she liked was the black swan. When she saw the hat, she immediately thought of her awful cover and had to buy it. It’s now part of her signing costume.
Kenyon wasn’t the only one dressed up. The Dorchester authors, Liz Maverick and Marianne Mancusi, dressed as their characters and took advantage of their placement to pass out Shomi booklets to readers in line to see Kenyon.
Liz Maverick and Marianne Mancusi
The RWA Literacy Signing is best characterized by long lines.
Ballroom filled with readers
There were long lines to get in and long lines to see authors like Ward, Brockmann, Kenyon, Quinn, and Nora Roberts. All these authors stayed to see their fans as well.
Nalini Singh and Nora Roberts
Roberts attempted to flash us with her girls during a picture taking episode. We suggested that she dress up in leather next to year so as to fit in with authors dressing their characters. I told her that her girls would look great in leather. She replied that leather was too hot.
One of the most classic moments of the signing was early on when the readers began lining up for Ward and the other “W” authors wondered for whom the readers were lining up.
It was kind of amazing how dedicated these authors are to their fans. Many of them ran out of books early on. Lisa Kleypas only had a tiny amount sent by Avon but she, like many authors, stayed to sign reader books and speak to their fans long after they were sold out.
There were authors who did not show up. One author had a note on the her placard that her plane was cancelled. Other authors were just completely absent. Still others left early (not the big names ironically). Worse, I manned the exit doors where we had to check receipts. More than one author that went through the line were disgusted at this. One commented angrily that there were more checkpoints here than at the border.
Overall, I had a great time and met with a ton of authors. I chatted with the Farrah Rochon group and will be buying that book when I get home. Right now we four are back in the room. We’ve turned down invitations to Brockmann’s after party and the Avon Ladies. We’ve ordered room service and hope it gets here before midnight. Totally serious.