I just got back from the Romancing the Capital event in Ottawa Ontario. The fantabulous Eve Langlais put together an amazing conference for both readers and authors — there were no glitches, no drama llamas, everything ran wonderfully (from what I saw, though Eve may have a different experience).
Fans were there in abundance, and they brought so much positive energy with them that the authors I talked to were equally enthused and over-the-moon, especially after the best book-signing I’ve ever been to.
I ran a Romance Pictionary game that was one of the opening events and I admit I was a little concerned that people might not show up, but the room ended up filling up. The readers were so smart that they guessed most words with barely a squiggle — I ended up going through the bags of swag I’d made up for the winners, moved on to Amazon gift certificates, hand-knitted fingerless gloves and plush toys (polar bears, bears and moose–in honor of Eve’s shapeshifters.) Tthe REALLY good ones got tiaras to wear too. (Yes, Chris– the guy in the front — ended up wearing one for us — and was happy to do so.) And a huge shout out to author Zoe York for helping me out – her help was invaluable.
I’d brought a basket to give away — it contained all three print copies of my Hauberk series books, along with some Canadian-made items, like a wooden reindeer ornament, and some fun Pier 1 ornaments, as well as a hand-knitted beaded scarf I’d made myself.
I was in a couple of other events too — Clockbusters with Amy Ruttan, Tina Christopher, JK Coi/Chloe Jacobs, and Karen Blake-Hall, as well as Author Speed Dating arranged by Kali Willows. Readers and authors chatted for two minutes (boy, did it move fast!) and then moved on to the next author. It was a loud and boisterous crowd and we all had a blast!
There were the parties — with the fantastic costumes. I was in awe of the work that went into some of them. They have set the bar high for next year. (I’m angling for a western themed dinner for next year. Who’s with me?)
The best part was Saturday’s book signing. There was a long line of readers waiting for the doors to open …
For the first time ever I had people lining up for my books — I sold out of all the print copies I brought with me within an hour. That’s never happened before and it made me feel like a rock star.
So by the time it was done, the half dozen or more boxes that I’d brought up were completely empty. Empty of swag, empty of books, empty of … everything. And for some reason, my phone was almost empty of photos because I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures myself and have had to rely on others for most of the photos above. But you can believe I am already in the line-up to come back next year. I hope I will see you there!