One of my favorite things about going to Dallas is driving through Italy, TX. You may know the Italy exit as the one where the giant caterpillar made of geodesic domes is, but what you may not have noticed is the ex-mini-golf course that is the Starship Pegasus. I drove with fellow Texas Sweethearts Jessica Lee Anderson and Jo Whittemore, but we caravan-ed and met up in Italy with Bethany Hegedus, E. Kristin Anderson, and Sweethearts K. A. Holt and Jeanette Larson.
Clockwise from left: Jessica Lee Anderson, Me, Jeanette Larson, K. A. Holt, and Jo Whittemore
Left to right: E. Kristin Anderson, Bethany Hegedus, and K. A. Holt
Me and Bethany being silly
The Blogger Meetup.
Um, yeah. It is hard for me to describe the awesomeness that was the Blogger Meetup organized by fabulous Jen Bigheart. Jen put out a notice for this amazing event, and over 75 people attended! 75! I know. I am honored to be associated with such a great group of supportive people.
Jessica Lee Anderson, Joy Preble, and Me
Walking the Floor.
There's a little mystery in walking the floor at library and book conferences. Every time you turn the corner you never know who you will run into. There are fellow authors and agents and editors galore. And the more you do it, the more warm fuzzies you get in seeing these people. They are generous and happy and love to talk about books. I do caution to wear comfy shoes. I almost wore my cowboy boots on Saturday, but I figured I may be reduced to tears by the end of the day if I did so, so I opted for VANs instead.
Sonia Gensler and Jo Whittemore
Jo Whittemore, E. Kristin Anderson, and Jenny Ziegler
Nikki Loftin, Jessy Moss, Me, and Jessica Lee Anderson
Yes, as an author, it is a great experience to be able to sign books. Even better is being able to sign books with fellow authors to help engage people and help give directions to the bathroom (okay, this time, not one person asked where the bathroom was). Our Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels group also had a cookie and candy reception on Saturday and had the chance to meet with a bunch of people. Thank you to everyone who came by!
Signing with Jessica Lee Anderson, Bethany Hegedus, and K. A. Holt
Mr. Garcia (crazy puppet, long story) is always entertaining at Pat Anderson's booth.
Me with Jason Henderson. We're reading his Alex Van Helsing book for our Boys' Book Club this month.
I mentioned the multitudes of agents and editors running around, right? Not only are conferences a great place to see friends, they are a wonderful networking opportunity. And there's not much better way to make a connection with some one than to meet them in person.
Me and Susan Chang, editor at Tor, one of my all-time favorite publishers
Hallie Warshaw from Zest Publishing treated some of the Dear Teen Me contributors to lunch on Saturday.
Hallie Warshaw (of Zest) and E. Kristin Anderson
Nikki Loftin and Joy Preble at the Dear Teen Me lunch
Jessica and Me hanging at the Dear Teen Me lunch
Tomorrow, The Books...