That big smile is more for the girls back home than myself. I work with some serious Janet Evanovich fans, and I know Suzie will be tickled pink that I actually spoke with her.
It was an accident, really. To begin with, I realized about ten minutes into her speech that I didn't have my camera with me, so I took one picture from far away of the TV screen things they had in the conference room, but it wasn't very good and I didn't bring the cord to upload pictures from my phone, either, so I knew it would be no use here on the blog.
Also, I realized that I had seen her at the book signing last night. I thought it was her, but not enough to actually speak to her. She wasn't dressed up at all--had on jeans and a sweater--and had a walking cast on her left foot. Well, then she gets up and tells us how she broke her foot falling off of a stage in Toronto, so I'm pretty sure she was the person I'd seen.
Anyway, I got separated from Marie and Sharon after that opening speech, (which was a hoot, by the way) so I went back to my room to get my camera, and then wandered back down to the lobby area for the next meeting. Well, Janet was still there with a handful of people signing autographs. So I got in line. I didn't have a book for her to sign (there wasn't one in the chair I sat in, though there were copies at every other seat in the place!), so I had her sign one of my bookmarks. Now I just have to make sure I don't give it away!
After that, we had a nice lunch and the keynote speaker, Linda Howard, was even funnier than Evanovich. I went to one seminar after that about adding suspense to your novels, and then had a meeting with our publicist, Danielle. Nothing too earth-shaking, and no, she did not mention the yummydoodles on the blog!
I saw my editor Deb Werksman and the publisher, Dominique Raccah, but only from the back and they were way across the lobby before it registered with me who they were. Later, Danielle called me to say that someone wanted to interview me and some of the other SB authors, but I couldn't get hold of them by phone, so I wandered down to where I'd met with Danielle earlier and FINALLY met Dominique and Deb. Then I was interviewed (on video!) for an online ebook seller (booksonboard.com). The funny thing was that I'd just been to a seminar on how to talk to the media. I just hope I got it right!
Our Sourcebooks dinner is Friday evening, so I will meeting the few SB authors that I haven't run into yet. We get picked up in limos and taken somewhere for dinner. Should be fun!
I wish I could say that we were up all night drinking and partying, but we were all too tired to do anything but go back to our rooms after dinner. *sigh* It is now 9:46 PM, and I'm in my room blogging. My feet are killing me. I'd love some tequila, but it's too far to the bar!!!!