Had a delightful time at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow in Tacoma this weekend. Here I’m having fun signing and passing out books to enthusiastic bookstore owners and librarians, who come to these shows looking for good books to promote in their stores or libraries.
I had the honor of being one of the authors featured at several events throughout the weekend. My event was the new Sweet & Greet Party on Saturday evening, where authors stood at tables scribbling their names, greeting the many who came by, and offering signed book copies–also grabbing a quick moment for a taste of one of the sufficiently decadent desserts served at this party. Mm-m. Yum!
The tradeshow program billed our party as “a low-key dessert and coffee affair to introduce booksellers to the new books from about twenty of the more interesting authors at this year’s fall show. The Sweet & Greet is designed as a relaxing way to finish a busy day, offering a wide variety of authors and styles, and a wealth of interesting new books to tantalize your dessert palate.”
I was thrilled at the interest expressed for my book. Many came by looking for it, having read my personal blurb in the program. Others asked me to tell them about the book. I found that the moment I mentioned “Oregon Trail,” eyes lit up. Also, men and women both loved hearing it was about a woman, my own ancestor, and that I own the farm she purchased herself almost 150 years ago.
Such great opportunities for networking and making new friends, many I hope to see again! My thanks to Laura Stanfill for taking the above picture of me. Laura is a novelist, editor, and founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press in Portland, Oregon. I thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with Laura and sharing breakfast a couple of times during the weekend.
The Hotel Murano offered a lovely venue for the show. My room on the 16th Floor looked out toward Mount Rainier, the dome, and the marina.
The mountain finally revealed its head on Saturday (above), skimming over the clouds like an island in the sky. A couple of days earlier, the base of this lofty mountain showed itself, while clouds hid the top. I should have taken a picture then and put the two together.
The dome stands out on the Tacoma skyline (right), Rainier just beginning to peek above the clouds to the left of the dome in this shot, still looking more like part of the cloud bank than the magnificent mountain it is.
Swinging the camera just left of the other two photos taken from my room, I looked down on the marina, which was particularly beautiful with the lights after dark. I’d have enjoyed the short walk to the water, but the tradeshow pretty well filled my time. All in all, a fantastic weekend.
A special thanks to my wonderful publisher, Globe Pequot Press, for promoting me as a featured author in this show, especially Shana Capozza, who arranged for my participation, and my publicist Laurie Kenney. And thanks to Thom Chambliss, Executive Director of PNBA, for his encouragement and for patiently explaining the details of this event beforehand. And thanks to my Ashland writer friend Stephanie Bartlett who told me about the tradeshow in the first place. 🙂
I was especially happy to meet my sales rep, Bob Harrison, and the man who will be my sales rep after the first of the year, David Diehl. Both are longtime friends of a local friend of mine who I’ve known for many years, Joyce Ruff Abdill. Joyce was in that business for a long time. She helped me get my first two agents years ago and mentored and encouraged me from the early days of my writing. Small world indeed.