For those who have never been to an RWA convention, many publishers hold a signing event, giving out their authors' latest books free to conference attendees, with authors on hand to autograph. I signed and gave out 2 cases in the hour I was there - about 75 books.
There's another stack of books on the other side of me. The flag is beside my computer monitor now, where I can continually distract myself with my past glory. And thanks to Cherry Adair, (another Rita finalist) who sat next to me, noticed my sad state of preparedness, and whipped off a huge roll of gold foil stickers to put on my book covers that said, "signed by the author." the extra touch that says I'm a professional, even if I need to be steered in the right direction.
It was a similar scene at the Literacy book signing:
With my buds after the Ritas. Cheryl Ann Smith on the far left writes Regencies for Berkley; Patti Shenberger writes for several e-publishers, and Beppie Harrison is published in non-fiction.
And now it's back to work on something new. As soon as I finish the laundry, buy groceries, pick beans in the neglected garden, clean the barn . . .