BEA has come and gone...and what a great time was had by all! Unfortunately, several people who wanted my books weren't able to even get in as I didn't realize there was a fee even just to walk around the exhibitor's booths. But that's okay...EC brought twenty copies of three of my books (SECRET SUBMISSION, SUBMISSION REVEALED, and WINTER STUDS) and they were all gone within a half hour of being put on the table.
I have to tell you, there is something wonderful about getting to the last book, signing it, and then looking up to see there are still ten people in line who want a copy. I felt bad that they didn't get one, but to see the demand for it? Very heady stuff. Several people told me they came to the booth just to see me. I tell you, my ego got a welcome boost on Saturday!
Of course, then I came home and my husband and kids reminded me that I'm just me. That's why I keep them around...so my ego doesn't inflate TOO much! :)
I stayed with friends (shoutout to Joseph and Linda!) who are wonderful hosts. They let me flop in their studio, which is only about eight blocks or so from the Javits Center. I brought a friend with me who had never been to the Big Apple, so it was fun to see the City through a n00b's eyes. We did the TKTS booth on Friday and got tickets for The 39 Steps -- which was wonderfully funny! It's a send-up of the film noir conventions. Definitely worth seeing!
On Saturday we went to Bubba Gump's in Times Square (LOVE their cocoanut shrimp!) and while we there, we saw 44th street being blocked off by these huge garbage trucks and more police officers than I've ever seen in one place at one time before. A limo came out from between the trucks, and drove past our window seat...You got it! It was President Obama's limo (after having dropped him off, though)! He'd taken Mrs. Obama out to dinner and was on his way to the theatre. Very cool to be a block and a half from the President of the United States! No sighting on our part, but we at least saw the hulabaloo and the limo!
Took the train home Sunday morning (taking the train in and out of NYC is the ONLY way to go!) and am nearly caught up with all my emails, twitters and postings. Next booksigning? The Romanticon in October. Get your tickets early!
Until later, play safe!