Monday, November 06, 2006

World Fantasy Con update

It's over.

It was great. I managed to attend for an entire day-and-a-half before succumbing to a case of food poisoning/24-hour stomach bug again.


I met lots of cool authors and editors and agents and of course the best people of all: fans. Fans rule, and I'm not saying that just to suck up. There were fewer of them, proportionally, at this con than at others, because World Fantasy Con is predominantly a "professional" convention, where people come to make deals and hobnob and pass around 24-hour stomach viruses.

Sorry, I'm a little bitter about that last one.

Anyway, one new author I met was Sarah Beth Durst, who has a young adult fantasy coming out next summer. I went to her reading, and it sounds fantastic.

Friday I did a reading with three other romantic fantasy/paranormal romance authors, fellow Luna authors Gail Dayton and Robin D. Owens, along with paranormal chick lit author Shanna Swendson. Here are some photos, taken by a very sweet guy named Max Smolev. As I perused the photos, I realized, "Damn, I need a haircut. By someone other than me."

On Saturday I had lunch with my agent*. She loved the first installment of my young adult fantasy series and gave me lots of good feedback on how to fix it so we can submit it the beginning of next year.

Then later my agent and I had drinks with a secret someone I can't tell you about for a few more days. I know, it's cruel to tease, but I have very good news I can't share yet, and what fun is it to have a secret if you can't use it to torture others?

Next year I hope to meet more people. Next year I hope not to go AWOL. Thanks to everyone who came up and talked to me after the reading or at the signing. And special thanks to my friend who bought me a ginger ale and a box of Pepto-Bismol, for making the whole experience a tad less squalid.

*OK, is that kind of an obnoxious, author-braggy thing to say--"I had lunch with my agent"? La dee freakin' da.



Wait you tell us about he stomach bug but NOT the GOOD thing???

What sort of person are you??? I need to hear good things. Really good things.

How many days do I need to wait?

Is it time yet?


Posted by: Blogger moonhart at 11/06/2006 10:31 PM

Great to meet you at WFC, Jeri! And thanks for the kind words about my book. Yours sounds fantastic too!

So... who was the secret someone? Dying of curiosity here...

- Sarah

Posted by: Blogger Sarah Beth Durst at 11/08/2006 9:33 PM

Welcome to the blog, Sarah!

The good thing/secret someone will be announced tomorrow. ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/08/2006 9:44 PM

I'm very sorry you got sick! It was sad not to see you again! *hugs*! I'm dying to hear about the Secret News, too! :)


Posted by: Blogger CE Murphy at 11/09/2006 5:05 PM

Thanks for the hugs, Catie. I do feel better now. For Secret News, see above. ^^^

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/09/2006 5:26 PM

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