Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Howdy, all. Today I am leaving Atlanta to go directly to our annual family reunion in Kentucky. That's right--tonight I'm sleeping at Mama Ruth's house. :)

On Monday I signed copies of Coral Moon at the Zondervan booth on the ICRS floor. Camy Tang signed her new novel, Sushi for One, at the same time. We had a long line that just kept coming. The signing started at 2:00. At 3:20 I had to leave for a meeting at the Zondervan suite. When I returned at 4:00, Camy was still signing with no let-up in the line. Waytago for a new author!

Intersting, the line dynamics at ICRS. Lines beget lines. There are, unfortunately, too many signings with no takers in line. But when a line starts forming, it draws attention and more people come.

The Z folks finally just had to break it off. Camy was out of all her 250 books. I moved to the other side of the Z booth and sat in an armchair to sign what copies I had left for some particular people. (At Z's request.) Next thing I knew, a line was forming where I sat--which wasn't a signing area at all. Oh, dear! I can't say no to anyone. So I gave out books, but scurried over as soon as I could to ask for help from a Z person.

Best photo of the day--Suspense Author Strangles Asian Chick. Yup, we did it--as many folks in our line looked on. Camy's strangulation face was perfect. The photo is currently in some Z employee's camera. She promised to email it to me. I'll put it up as soon as I get it--probably after she gets home from the conference.

And thanks to Angie Hunt, my daughter is being mailed a signed copy--by Angie and Mandisa--of Idoleyes, their new book. Yippee!

Someone asked the other day in a comment about any news in the data world. That is, the data system that creates our bestseller list. There's a lot of talk here about Above the Treeline and Cross:Scan, data systems that help booksellers keep track of sales and inventory, etc. However, I see nothing that speaks of a new reporting system for the bestseller list that would be all inclusive. Now I hear that, besides the large Family Christian chain, Lifeway also does not report to STATS, which supplies the bestseller list. Which leaves me scratching my head as to who reports at all, other than independents and some smaller chains.

Anyway, a full change of scenery for me today. Away from convention, to family. I'm ready.

11 comments:

Camy Tang said...

Signing with you was a blast! And I was soooooo thrilled that people kept coming up to get copies of my book!

Since you strangled me at ICRS, doesn't that mean you've now killed me twice?

Camy

Richard Mabry said...

Brandilyn,
Thanks for keeping us posted about the ICRS, and for finally 'fessing up about the Personality Party.
I must admit that some of us with no reason to be attending the ICRS (at least, as active participants like you and Camy) felt sort of like you did about the party--pressing our nose against the glass, watching all the goings on, and wishing we had been invited to participate. *Sigh*
Enjoy your family time. And rest that ankle--it's going to take a while for it to fully heal.

Jannie Ernst said...

Say "hi" to Mama Ruth and enjoy Kentucky. My little soldier is there in Fort Knox for his basic training, so drop a kiss from me when your plane flies over.

Tina Helmuth said...

Thanks for telling us about the book signing. I can't wait to see that picture. And I'm thrilled that Camy's signing went so well. 250. Amazing!

Tina said...

Hooray for Camy! :)

William G. said...

Have fun in KY. I'm up at UK now just starting my MBA program... what fun. Two days in and I'm already feeling insane...

God bless!

Kristy Dykes said...

Okay, we're waiting with baited breath for your "news" you promised us. What are you writing next? Are you changing genres? Or what? Tell us. Inquiring minds want to know.

Once Upon a Dream... said...

Hey Brandilyn! Have fun in Ky!!! and have a safe trip back home. Glad you had tons of fun in Atlanta. Will be on the lookout for that pic!

Angela said...

Ohmigoodness! Was I supposed to sign Amberly's book, too? I think I forgot. I know I forgot. I was so excited about Robin Lee's mission accomplished . . .

Well, what can I say? I'm a ditz. Sorry about that.

Have a great time at the family reunion!

Angie

Kristy Dykes said...

Where a-r-r-r-r-r-e you, B? :) I know. You're hanging with Mama Ruth and the clan, having a ball. Hurry back.

Victoria Gaines said...

ah, Brandilyn--sounds like a good time. You were in my neck of the woods (Atlanta) and I regret not getting to meet you. Of course, I had no real reason to be at ICRS (other than to meet my favorite authors:-) Maybe one day!

Blessings,
Vicki