Today was the official start of RWA and it was everything great and more. I finally met Samhain Publishing's Senior Editor, Angela James, who had breakfast with myself, Sula, Lisabea, Rosie, Kristie and Alice at Denny's. (hmmm french toast!) Angela is very funny and sweet!
After a great breakfast, I went to get registered where I got my badge, the weekly program, a bag full of books and a quick trip to the goody room where there was so many pens, magnets, and other freebies that would make you giddy.
A very excited thing happened today. Jane from Dear Author, SB Sarah, various other bloggers and romance author, Beverly Jenkins were taped for a segment that will air on The Today show this coming Friday between 8-9am ET. Yes, NBC is in San Francisco reporting about RWA! Welcome to the mainstream! And it is about time!
The biggest event of the night was the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing Signing with over 400 authors. I volunteered to sell raffles on the floor. I was almost trampled by the Nora Roberts and Sherrilyn Kenyon fans. And they weren't really excited about buying raffles and gave me strange looks as if I was trying to cut in front of them.
After two and a half hours of walking around the room to the point where my feet were about to fall off, I was finally free and was let loose to meet some authors.
Want to see who I met?
Ann Aguirre/ Linnea Sinclair and Me
Alice, Me, Eve Silver (Kenin)/ Diana Holquist/ Me and Linda Wisdom/ Elizabeth Boyle
Me & C.L. Wilson/ Me and Nalini Singh
Ciaralira/Anna Campbell and Me/ Joanna Bourne and Me/ Eden Bradley
The night was an amazing experience because every one of these authors I took pictures with were as excited to meet me as I was to meet them. I met some of my favorite authors and they all were so very, very nice. And I didn't just hold out my hand and introduce myself. Instead, they wanted hugs and even wanted to take pictures of me! I didn't stutter or make a fool of myself. What an incredible night I will always treasure forever!
Katiebabs (KB) **Don't you love the "deer caught in the headlight look" I have in these pictures?**
stay tuned for day 2 of RWA...
UPDATE: The Literarcy Signing made $58,000!!