This is not my first blog, though I’d like to post regularly this time around. My old blog, available at HarryPotterParody.com, my books’ site (specifically at http://188.8.131.52/hpxx/news.htm) offers many of my conference reports through 2007-2008, my Birthright Israel trip in 2006, the step-by-step details of writing my Harry Potter Parody in ten days straight, and so forth. I believe I’ll copy a few con reports below in honor of Book Expo America this week, one of the best cons ever, even though I didn’t make it this year.
6/2/08 Home from Book Expo America at last. (Gone Tues-Sun). I took only a few photos—far too overwhelmed. I drove down Tues, attended the Writers Conference/Agent pitch session Weds, and saw relatives Thurs. Then the gigantically overwhelming Book Expo America, (only broken up by my cousin’s Friday night Bar Mitzvah). Sunday as the con ended, I drove home, car packed to the metaphorical rafters with books.
I think since I was listening to Bridget Jones’s Diary both ways (hilarious!) I’ll organize the trip this way:
Pitch session agents who requested my manuscripts: 12. Excellent.
Pals I knew at the con: 4
New friends made of adolescent authors: 3
Hours spent waiting for signed copy of Eragon: 2
Books picked up while waiting for signed copy of Eragon: 2
Hours spent waiting for signed copy of new Salmon Rushdie: 2
Hours spent wondering why I was bothering: 4
Number of other Harry Potter derivatives: 2 (Mine was cuter!)
People who recognized me or my book: hundreds. Cool.
People who have now heard of my book: thousands. Also cool.
Postcards I hand-distributed: 1000 (Literally).
Books I signed: All (125).
Publishers who requested my manuscripts: About 20. I was busier than last year, but also excellent.
Relatives/friends I visited: six
Relatives I spoke with at the Bar Mitzvah: Probably 14. Cool.
Celebrities I saw: Quite a lot.
Free books I acquired: Hundreds. Very Nice.
Gallons of gas to drive to LA: 10. Sounds good.
Hours spent listening to Bridget Jones: 12
Hours spent listening to other audio books: 3
Hours spent in traffic: wince.
Number of frantic emails in my absence: About 200.
Number of times checked email on trip: Once, briefly.
Number of emails sent on trip: 2
5 am wakeup calls: 4
Hours of missed sleep: wince.
Hours walking while dragging books: almost all of them.
Pissed-off knees: 2
Signings: 2. Both went well.
Booths displaying my book: 3. Nice.
Sample books the booths distributed: about 9 (all of them).
Bananas eaten in place of meals: 5
Free chocolates eaten: hundreds. But they were yummy.
Diet cokes drunk: probably 12
Guess I should finish up like the credit card people and say Conference: priceless. Yawn. The proofs have come for Deathly Paper Shortage. Time to get busy again.
Phoenix Rising 2007
My first Harry Potter con was so cute! Lots of people in costume, lots of fanfic authors and artists, lots of Harry Potter goodies and treats. I spoke on several panels and even a few podcasts. To say nothing of my light up ballgown (which doesn’t photograph well).
Book Expo America 2007
The Expo was truly enormous. It seemed every publisher was there, to say nothing of all the booksellers, librarians, and authors. I met lots of really famous ones, like SE Hinton, Dave Barry, Judy Blume. I got to meet all three of them, and get signed copies of the latest books. So cool! Hundreds of authors and publishers were ALL offering FREE copies of their latest books. As you might guess, I picked up piles and piles (and somehow managed to close my suitcase). Also lots of cute freebees and promos– everything from cookie cutters to cookies. 🙂 Lots of new technology: Margaret Atwood was signing books from Canada with this interesting computer option. Lots of interesting publishers and book-related services. Plenty of hot YA fantasy authors there too. Some people were interested in my Heroine’s Journey book, but that’ll have to wait till I get back.
Westercon 60 2007
Westercon (The Western US scifi fantasy con) was on the small side, but fun, with the people I usually see at Baycon. Dad and I wore costumes (and presented them at the Masquerade) chatted, observed, collected ribbons, and so forth. We also won a few Baycon memberships and loads of other goodies at the Scavenger hunt (first place!). I spoke on a number of panels and sold some books in the dealer’s room.
This conference took place only a few weeks after book 7 arrived. I spoke on tons of panels: discussing symbolism in Deathly Hallows and Horcruxes in lit and myth. I was also a “Visiting Professor” in Mythology and Fantasy Writing. (Most of my papers and presentations can be found here). I wore all my beautiful costumes, and sold about 50 books to people in the corridors. I was definitely amazed by some of the lookalike outfits there (Harry, Voldemort, Luna, Umbridge….) This con also had gorgeous decorations in the common room (featuring a fireplace, colored cushions, and every HP game in existence) and Hall of Remembrance (with touching shrines to all the characters who didn’t survive the series). All in all, it was a great con.