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.