And here we are, at the end of a looonnnnng day and the last full day at Authors After Dark. It has been a lot of fun, I’m exhausted, and yeah, ready to go home tomorrow and sleep in my own bed after six days. But what a great group of people I was able to meet this year–including Liz, whom it felt as if I’d known forever from here on the blog–and it was a great chance to catch up with some author friends who I don’t often get to see in person (waves particularly at Mina Khan, Rebekah Ganiere, Coreene Callahan, Ciara Knight…the list goes on).
The two big events of the con were today, the book-signing and the Bump in the Night Ball.
For the book-signing, my Sentinels books were provided by a local bookseller, and I had to bring my own Susannah Sandlin books and sell them myself. It was the first time I’d done that and I actually enjoyed it. I could set my own prices and because they were less expensive the SS books sold out in a couple of hours. The Sentinels books sold pretty well, and on the whole I was pleased with the signing. The only bad part was that we set up at 10 a.m. and it wasn’t over until 4 p.m., so that was a long time to hang out in a very cold room.
Then it was off to pack my gift bags for the ball, where I hosted a table. Great group of readers there–Robin, Liz, Pam, Kim, Beth, and LaShelle, who had picked an author she didn’t know to sit with. I think she was a little lost at the discussions of Jean Lafitte and Mirren Kincaid–LOL.
Dinner was…odd. I do think one can go so far to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets that you risk alienating the other diners who would actually like something recognizable to eat. Okay, okay. I RECOGNIZED bulgar and tofu and garbanzo beans, and a strange salad made of pineapple and kidney beans.. I just didn’t want them as the main course! Thankfully, there were some tiny pieces of chicken stuck at the end of the buffet.
There was a costume contest. I didn’t wear my floor-length dress because I had to go up and down stairs toting a 50-pound bag of table favors and centerpiece and I was afraid I’d fall and break my neck. But several at the table wore awesome costumes, as you can see from Liz, who somehow graciously got drafted as our official photographer 🙂
I likely won’t blog tomorrow since I’ll be on the road, and am planning to take the next week off to do some blog rearranging. Readers Choice will be around as always on Mondays, though, and I’ll introduce the new blog plans on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Enjoy some of Liz’s photos! Oh, and the costume winners were Day of the Dead, Voodoo Dolls, and Monster Under the Bed.