First I got a late start which is nothing new if you ask my husband. I started driving and the first thing you should know is I am VERY bad with directions and Map Quest EVERYTHING! After going about 2 hours the wrong way I stop at a gas station and talked to this nice police officer who said I went North when I should have gone South! Silly Me! Stupid Map Quest didn’t have a direction posted so I went the wrong way! I was down, but I put my Batman soundtrack in, the one that is all Prince, and all was good until I realized I had to go to the bathroom. I was too busy driving and looking for 33 East and telling myself it had to be coming up soon. Finally I see a sign and right by the sign is a gas station. Whew! Good thing too! Lol
I finally pull up to the hotel at 11:00 when I had planned on being there at 9:00. I walk into the hotel and have no idea where I’m going or what I should do. I go to the big room and it is chaos. People are everywhere and they are doing some kind of raffle. I look around to see if I can find Joy from Joyfully Reviewed because I’ve seen her picture before, but no luck. I leave the room and go to the Borders area where they are selling books and Lori Foster just happens to be there. She was very nice and took me to the registration area where I got my name tag.
I do a walk around the room and there is Joy! She gives me a big hug and introduces me to a few people at her table. She asked if I want to sit down and I say sure. She tells me she’ll be back because she wants to take pictures.
It is then I realize that it is almost 11:30 and I have NO idea where they are doing the pitch meetings. I feel a little panic because I don’t have an actual appointment and was told to stand by the time keeper so they could squeeze me in, so I leave the table. I go outside the room where they have a schedule set up, but all it says is the meeting rooms have been changed! I go back to the registration table, but they have no idea where the rooms are. It just so happens that I spotted Christina Brashear (the publisher of Samhain) by her name tag so I introduced myself and asked where they were doing the pitches. She was kind enough to direct me so off I went. I found the time keeper and she puts my name down and the waiting begins. One of the editors from Wild Rose stopped by and asked what I was pitching. I think her name was Nan-I didn’t get a good look at her name tag. I told her a little and she said good luck and told me not to be nervous because I had just practiced on her. I thought that was very nice! I really didn’t have long to wait because someone didn’t show up for their appointment.
I enter the room and I feel the nerves coming because I’ve never been good at talking to strangers and this is VERY important. I sit down and introduce myself and Angela James knew who I was! We chit chat a little about the fact that I named Jaci Burton’s Christmas book and how I’m on the Samhain Café ALL the time and then the pitch starts. I fumble what I’m going to say. I was just going to pitch my first book but ended up tell Angela about the series. I think that is why I fumbled so much. I had everything I was going to say so carefully thought out and it just left my head the minute I stated talking! Angela did tell me to submit my full manuscript to her so I would say the pitch went well. Now I have to fix a few things so I can submit it!
While I’m standing there waiting for my pitch meeting and Amy Knupp was walking by and saw my name tag and said hi! I talked to her for a couple minutes and then I had to go into my pitch. After I was done with my pitch I went back to the big room and looked for Amy because I knew Maya Banks and Ali would be with her. I spot them in the crowd and go over. They are all VERY nice and I ate lunch with them and then went book shopping with them. While book shopping Valerie Tibbs showed up so I went book shopping with her and who do I spot, SJ Willing! He is British! I would have never guessed. I talk to him for a little bit while Valerie gets her books and who walks up but Anne Rainey! I’m so excited to put faces with all these names. We talk for a while in line and while checking out who walks by…D. McIntire and then Shiloh Walker walks by and say hi when she hears my name! After chatting for a little bit Valerie and I go back to the table where Maya, Amy and Ali are sitting. We take some pictures and Joy comes over and asked who we want to meet. She takes us around and we find Bianca D’Arc. I even got a picture….with her arm! Lol She doesn’t like her picture taken. We talk for a bit and then go sit back down. Joy comes and sit with us and her bunny molested me. Lol Joy is a hoot!
It is finally time for the book signing so Valerie and I go look for authors to sign our books. Ali had A LOT of work to do because she had a BAG full of books to get signed. Valerie and I didn’t have as many! After getting our books signed we sit back down to talk a little and then it was time to leave.
The drive back was MUCH faster, probably because I went the right way! Now I am tired and ready for bed! It has been a long day and I have some work to do on my story tomorrow!