LA Story

Barbara Vey -- April 6th, 2011

Well, I landed in Los Angeles Monday safe and sound for the RT Booklovers Convention.  I had a wonderful flight and sat next to an amazing woman who has her own research and marketing firm.  I learned tons about focus groups that I think would apply to romance, so I’ll be putting that to use soon.

Zombie toe nails

Zombie toe nails

Once here, I felt like LA was trying to tell me to go back home.  I was wiped from being up so early that I felt a nap was in order, but the pounding in the next room put an end to that.  When I called the front desk, I was told it would end in about 4 hours, so they offered to put me in another room.  The bellman came up and moved me to another floor only to have the elevator break down and I was stuck inside of it.  Yes, I do suffer from claustraphobia.  Finally got out and felt I needed a little pampering with a pedicure.  Well, the coral polish I wanted turned out to be teenie bopper neon redish pink.  Yikes!  Then they sold me a cheap pair of sandals that fell apart before I made it to my room, so I tripped over them and fell.

I’m glad to report that I’m still in one piece and was saved by Anne Elizabeth who insisted I needed a glass of wine to settle down.  It did help.  But I have to tell you that next my phone died, my computer refused to connect to the internet and the air conditioning isn’t working in my room.  All this and the conference doesn’t officially start until today.

Rebecca Brickler and Jean Perry

Rececca Brickler and Jean Perry

But I did spend Tuesday evening in the lounge where I met up with RebeccaBrickler and Jean Perry, two aspiring authors I met when I was the guest speaker on a conference call set up by Dan Blank’s We Grow Media group.  They live in LA and stopped by for a face to face meet up.  Rebecca and Jean were thrilled to meet some of the authors attending the conference and received some valuable tips on their journey to become published authors.

With all the networking I did, one of the new sites I learned about is from Sheila English of Circle of Seven who has a newly revamped reader site that has everything a reader might want called Readers Entertainment.  It has different genre channels in case you want to just check out a certain genre, there are blogs, book reviews, podcasts, author interviews, events, contests, videos and right now, during RT you can go there, read their daily blog on what’s happening  and comment for a chance to win a Kindle! The site is reader focused and I think it will be the number 1 reader destination site of 2011.   While I’ll be blogging about my experiences here at RT, they will also have daily RT blog going.

Victoria Alexander and Kristen Painter showing off their new book covers

Victoria Alexander and Kristen Painter showing off their new book covers

I called it an early night (after a couple of Kahlua Colatas) because I need to be fresh for my  7 am breakfast meeting.  Ah, the joys of convention going.  With RT in full swing, I need to be fully rested to keep up with all the goings on.

Don’t forget to check Monday’s blog to see if you were a winner of the Romance Trading Cards giveaway.

Bottom Line: Thanks to my hairdresser for reading my blog and fixing my orange hair to a much more natural shade.

108 thoughts on “LA Story

  1. Chelsea Rafferty

    How exciting Barb! Sorry that your journey got off to such a rough start though! Ouch on tripping and the no AC thing! It does sound like fun though with all the writers and the new Readers Entertainment :D Bookmarking now ;) and that’s so awesome on your hair. Nice of her to take care of you :) Keep us updated on your journey.. Love the coral nails :)

  2. Heather

    Good luck with the rest of the trip! I hope it gets better. I’ve never been to LA. It seems like it can be kind of intimidating, especially when it is throwing curveballs at you. I can’t wait to check out Readers Entertainment! Thanks for more great information!

  3. Amanda Woodward

    Man Barbara it sounds like you had what equates to a normal day to me ….. Murphy and I are on a first ne basis…. but a disaster for most people and came out the other side still able to smile ;) I think now you faced it all down things will go so well you will be shocked.. Have a great time and keep smiling !!!! I hate elevators !!!!

  4. Minnette Meador

    I’m glad you didn’t break anything… Sound like you used up your bad karma for RT, which might be a blessing. Have fun… and BTW, I like orange hair! I’ll bet you were adorable. M:o)

  5. Jennifer Ashley

    Hang in there, Barb! I hope it gets better. I’m heading that way myself, and I hope to run into you! (not literally; you’ve suffered enough). Crossing fingers for working AC and no pounding…. :-)

  6. Bertrice Small

    Barb, I am going to count on you to keep me apprised of RT L.A. I hope all your
    mishaps are behind you, and the “Big” one won’t hit L.A. while you are there.
    I’m worried the newly renovated hotel isn’t quite finished a la Pittsburgh. Remember? Look for my black on white HEY HOLLYWOOD posters which
    should be scattered around. Keep those reports coming! I’m living vicariously
    though you.

  7. Laurel Newberry

    I’ve always thought that best adventure starts with a bumpy road, so this should be a fabulous adventure! I am looking forward to hearing all about RT through your eyes, so get some rest when you can and keep smiling your lovely smile. You always share the best stories about our favorite authors and the readers who hold them dear.
    Next year I hope to join in.

  8. Vanessa

    After such a rough start it will only get better. Hang in there. Looking forwarded to reading your blogs from the convention. :-)

  9. Barbara Vey Post author

    Just an update:

    Yikes! No hot water in the shower. As my friend Debbie always says, “It’s the absurdities of life.” Things are actually seeming comical at this point. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.

  10. Alison Murphy

    Hello Barbara,
    It was so great to meet with you on the plane to LA. You are such a wonderful, joyful and interesting person. I hope to see you soon. And, I hope you have wonderful time in LA. At my meeting, it was “National Go Barefoot Day.” Only in LA — we all went barefoot — thank goodness I had just had a pedicure. (It reminded me of how eveyone’s mother always says never wear bad underware in case you are in an accident and have to go the emergency ward.) The reason for the barefeet is that a company donated a pair of shoes to kids without shoes for every one that went barefoot. It was neat. Take care,

  11. Sheila

    Barbara I think the polish is great! And you always make the best of things. You are such a jet setter! I see you with this author, then that author, then this group then that group. You are so busy! What an adventure!

  12. leanne

    So glad you made it there safe and sound Barbara and sorry you had such a hard day. I hope the rest of the trip is rainbows and sparkles :D
    BTW, your hair looks great!

  13. Lenora Worth

    Barbara, hope you get to visit our Love Inspired contingency–Janet Tronstad and and several other great LI writers. They are doing a panel discussion and I’m sure they’ll be signing books!

    Have a great time!

  14. Mageela

    Wow, an adventure in LA without leaving the hotel. I can’t wait to see more about the focus group knowledge on romance. That is a great tool to have. Glad though that the wine and authors and readers turned the trip around.

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