I went down to Book Expo last week. Actually, I went to Disneyland with the kids and the DH and snuck out Sunday morning to do Book Expo. Book Expo is the publishing trade show where publishers, book folks, booksellers, librarians and all sorts of book related industries come together to sell, showcase and buy the next big hottest books. I was signing at the RWA booth with my former Avon buddy, Christie Ridgway, who has a new book out this week: How to Knit a Wild Bikini. You know me. It has “knit” in the title. It goes to the top of the TBR pile, after JQ’s The Lost Duke of Wyndham.
Christie is a real great person, having navigated the conference floor of Book Expo like four times, she was my tour guide through the maze of publishing booths. Now if you didn’t know better, you would assume , based on the banners and big posters of covers, that there are like 6, maybe 7 authors in the United States, and most of them are celebrities whose books will be on the remainder table at B&N before Christmas. But there was a lot to see, and people to meet, and free books and bookbags and such to snag. According to an unnamed source, we’ll call her JQ’s sister, the books up for grabs on Friday and Saturday were way better than the pickings on Sunday when I got there.
But when Christie and I got back to the RWA booth for our signing, we were thrilled to find a whole line of people waiting to meet us. We had our celebrity moment, signed bunches and bunches of books as fast as we could and met some really wonderful folks. Ran into Diane Pershing, the President Elect of RWA, and it is always fun to see her. Always with a bright smile and a nice word. A truly lovely lady.
And if that isn’t enough for you, I have to confess, I am still seeing pirates everywhere I go.
Pirates of the Caribbean was on TV the other day and of course, I watched it. I went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. I suppose that counts as an intentional pirate sighting, but when in Disneyland . . . (and if the line promises only a five minute wait.) And then there was this fellow that I happened into at Book Expo. I had Christie take his picture so I had proof this time.
Oh, and I saw the bald guy from Sex in the City. But he wasn’t looking very pirate-ish.