Excuse me…are you somebody?

Barbara Vey -- March 27th, 2008
No, I don’t think Jake Gyllenhaal will be at the conference.  Darn!!

By the time you read this, I’ll be on the plane to New York City.  Probably ho-hum to a lot of you, but for me, it’s pretty darn special.  I’ll be attending the Novelists, Inc. Conference.  Since I’ve never been, I’m happy to write about it and hopefully discover some new and maybe not so new authors.  I can’t tell you who will be there except for the speakers and some panels because I couldn’t get a list of the authors attending.  

This is only a problem because I like to read up on the people I’ve never heard of (there’s a few writers out there that I’m not familiar with…yet).  I don’t like to meet someone and not have a clue what they’ve written.  I’m sure the organization has their reasons for keeping it secret, but I can’t figure it out. (Most conferences have a booksigning, so the website ususally has a list of the authors.  Since this is a business conference, there won’t be a signing.)

So, my plan of action is to find someone who knows everyone and hang with them.  Of course, they may get suspicious when I keep saying, "Who’s that?"  (Because you know, some pictures that authors have on their books may have been air brushed just a little or maybe was taken 20 years ago and I sure don’t want to be the one who says, "OMG, you don’t look anything like your picture!"  But really, I only said that once.)

Since so many of you have attending a lot of conferences (or anything else that had people you’ve read, but never met in person), how did you handle not knowing who’s who?  Did you just walk up to them and ask who they were?  Were you ever disappointed?  Shocked into saying something you regretted?  How did you phrase it ("are you someone important?")?  Did anyone ever approach you?  What did they say?  How did you feel about it?

Bottom Line:  If you see me in New York, just assume I have no clue who you are and introduce yourself.  I love meeting people and then I can ask you who everyone else is.

54 thoughts on “Excuse me…are you somebody?

  1. Kimberly, AKA Problem Child

    Jake is so pretty, sigh. I never know who anyone is, so I’m no help. I certainly never expect anyone I’ve met to remember me, so I’m always introducing myself to people to go, “Um, yeah, Kimberly, we had lunch together last year…”

  2. mary s

    Thanks Barb for the photo of Jake–good luck to you in NYC!! Won’t people have nametags?! Except that won’t help you know which/what books they wrote!!

  3. Shari Anton

    I’m not going to Ninc this year (boo-hoo), but I do know the committee planned to put the names on the name tags in a BIG FONT :) . It’s rather funny that we all walk around staring at each others chests, which happens at all conferences, but that’s the way it is. And thanks for Jake :) . Shari

  4. Christy

    I hope you have a fantastic time in NYC!!! Barb, I have a feeling you could talk to a wall and have the most delightful conversation!!! I can’t wait to read your experiences in NYC. Try not to get lost in the library on 5th Avenue, which btw, is the most awesome thing I think I’ve ever seen!!!!

  5. limecello

    I hope you have a terrific time in NYC! The conference sounds great – enjoy. :D I don’t really like Jake Gyllenhaal, but I think that’s b/c Donnie Darko freaked me out. Then my friend told me about how he had roadkill stuck to the bottom of his car and… yeah. Bad story. I unfortunately, can’t separate that from Jake as a person/actor.

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