|Greg at the RBF.|
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.|
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.)