Friday night, this happened:
We all managed to look magnificent and Wanda Kay Fittro had a badass fascinator. Ellen Harger was talking passersby up one side and down the other. She was a remarkable spokesperson. Me, well, it's hard to get two words out of me because strangers = scary. And Beth Carter was able to convince people to buy both her children's books and the six-word memoir she appears in.
It was an interesting night, to be sure. Turns out, people are surprised that we would give away anything free, like chapter excerpts and candy. That is so sad. And it seems very odd to post a sign saying "Free stuff here".
There was free candy on my section of the table. It stayed there until almost the end of the night. Then all but three bags magically disappeared. I think someone just came by and wiped them out. Bizarre.
I was exhausted after sitting there for about three hours. These author appearances are hard work, even if you're just sitting in a chair not really doing anything.
It was fun, though, and a great big thank you goes out to Arts and Letters for letting us occupy some of their space. They had some really neat art things in their shop!