Sunday, March 25, 2012

Books, Friends, NYPD - oh My!

Greg at the RBF.
Saturday in New York City was quite a day from top to bottom. To driving in and getting the perfect parking spot, to enjoying the rush of a highly charged room of authors and publishers, to losing my voice from the constant noise level - it was all exciting.


The Rainbow Book Fair was the first book fair I had attended and was unsure what to expect. I showed up with not only my own books, but those of all the ASD Publishing authors. Believing readers from the GLBT community could enjoy a diverse choice of books - I saw no reason not to include them all. (And that was just about true as I sold a few copies of most of the titles.) The day is never ending and you feel like those people you have passed numerous times at a flea market when you attempt to not make eye contact. Only this time, I was on the other side: unsure how much to pitch myself and my books. Luckily, I shared a table with author Arthur Wooten and he and I have read all of each other's books and could pitch for the other.

I've done readings of my work before, but reading in front of a room of people who have not shown up because of me was nerve-wracking to say the least. Luckily - we only had four minutes (and I felt pretty darn good as someone came back to the table after I read and purchased the book!) A huge thank you to that person.

A gaggle of authors/publishers.
The best part for me was getting to meet the internet/twitter friends I have met the past several months face-to-face. To hear the voices of people that you only read status updates and blogs - to see them working just as hard as you are to get others to read their works...and to go out for drinks once the entire thing was over: wonderful! Kergan Edwards-Stout, Alina Oswald, David Hallman, Don Carrel, Ken Harrison - my twitter friends who were all working so hard. Awesome! (Plus other tweeters that stopped in like Brian, Melanie, Pamela, Richard, Justin ... made the day so great!)


I must say the night didn't end too well...or should I say 'morning'. At 3:30 am, some loud mouth person in our hotel decided to have a phone conversation with his girlfriend in the hallway to assure her he did not have sex with another woman at a club. And an hour later, the NYPD was banging on a door to escort someone out of the building. (This was a Hilton - it wasn't like I was staying at the Flea-Bag Motel.) Needless to say, sleep didn't happen.


So for the book fair and meeting all those wonderful authors/publishers that invaded NY from all over the country (and Canada too, David)  - I give it 5 stars.


For the Hotel mid-morning drama - I give it 1 star. (And that's only because the plot shift that the NYPD brought to the story.)



10 comments:

  1. You can't make this stuff up. More material for us, Greg! xx

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    1. haha. Hence, I didn't stay the 2nd night in NYC (as originally planned).

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  2. Sounds like a great time was had by all!

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    1. But naturally missing those of you that couldn't make it this year. More tweet friends to join next time.

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  3. Great event, indeed! Thanks for the post, Greg. It was fantastic meeting you and other Twitter and Facebook friends, and seeing Arthur again.

    I've been attending RBF (all but one, last year) and I can say that this one was The Best RBF Ever :-) I felt I got special treatment. Not sure whom to thank for that, but wanted to say THANK YOU, whoever you are!

    Yes, lost my voice; yes, got a migraine yet, this year's RBF was fantastic! Worth the pain and the loss of voice and all, LOL!

    It's always fantastic meeting friends you know only online. There's nothing like meeting someone in person, face-to-face.

    Also, although it may not have been funny, at the time, I enjoyed reading about your hotel experience! (Ouch! but, there may be a story in there, somewhere :-))

    Thanks for the post and wish you a wonderful week ahead!
    Alina

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    1. Glad to hear we attended such a great one (as our first)! And yes...I'm sure the NYPD will show up in one of my stories. :-) Again...loved to meet you after all our emails and tweets.

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  4. Great post, maybe next year I'll be able to move beyond the 'twitterati' and actually meet some of my tweeps.

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  5. So pleased to hear you all had a great day!

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    1. Thank you! And someday - we'll meet you in person as well.

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