The fabulous feet of Nikki Enlow
You know, one of my favorite parts of any conference is getting to know new and interesting people. At the Lori Foster Reader and Writer Get-Together, one of those turned out to be budding romance author Nikki Enlow. We shared a table and while we talked nonstop about books, authors, publishers, editors and Dora the explorer underwear, Nikki’s eyes lit up when the discussion turned to shoes. Then she showed me hers. Yes guys, I was speechless. Nikki called it her "author branding" and personally, I think it will work. I’ll remember her…and her shoes.
For anyone who’s ever gone to a conference, you know that a lot of times you can’t get from point A to point B without stopping every few feet to talk with someone else you either haven’t seen for quite a while or always wanted to meet or sometimes just looks interesting. Because of that, the conference Continental breakfast was all gone by the time I arrived. Lucky for me, other talkaholics were in the same boat, so Joyce and I had the pleasure of breakfasting with Sue Grimshaw, romance buyer for Border Books and Tina Trevaskis who’s been in the industry for years and knows everything and everyone.
|Janet Eaves, Magdalena Scott, Joyce and Maddie James with the Ladies of Legend Basket|
Back to the ballroom where they started raffling off over 50 gift baskets. While I didn’t win any (no surprise there), Joyce made off like a bandit by winning 4! A total of 19 books, 12 varieties of chocolate, lotions, candles, a booklight, gift cards, journals, a pewter sailing ship bottle stopper, hats, a teddy bear, sunglasses, false mustaches, coffee mug, shot glass, and more tote bags than you can shake a stick at.
One of the more interesting happens was the book swap. A room was set up and books were lined up. You could walk in and swap out books you’ve alread read with books you wanted to read. Later in the afternoon there was a booksigning, but by that time most of the readers had already managed to talk to their authors and get their books signed because of the very nature of the conference.
Bottom line: Note to self: Get to meals earlier…no stopping to talk. Ok, that’s never going to happen.
Event organizers Linda Keller, Lori Foster and Dianne Castell.
Reader Ann Roberts