The weekend was wonderful. On Friday I left in the morning, and I stopped at 7 or 8 bookstores on the way down to Columbus. They all allowed me to sign my books, and I think I signed a total of about 50 by the time I got to the convention. At one store, I was signing stock near the register while chatting with the woman who worked there, and we actually sold five books just in the few minutes I was standing there. Woo hoo!
I also discovered copies of Goblin Quest that appear to be from a second printing. They included a full listing of all three goblin books in the front, and Goblin War hadn't even been sold when Quest first came out. More good news, and I hadn't even started the convention yet!
The convention itself was just fun. I didn't get a chance to talk to Tom Smith, so sadly, I don't have an MP3 of The Song of Jig. But we'll try again later. And I did get to catch his concert, which was a blast. I also hung out with tons of people I either knew in person, knew from online, or didn't know before this weekend. (And I owe one of them money from lunch on Sunday, because I'm an idiot and forgot my wallet. D'oh!)
Panels were a blast, though I felt out of place on a few. I was up with some darker fantasy writers on the "How to kill a character" panel, which was interesting. I write a lot of happy stuff, so I don't kill too many characters. Others ... well, let's just say everyone writes different stuff and leave it at that. But I had a good time, and I thought the panel went well. They all did, really. I kept busy, but I enjoyed myself the whole time.
You'll notice I'm not doing the namedropping thing. I want to, because there were so many awesome people at this thing. But I'd end up with a LJ entry that's twice as long, and I know I'd leave someone out because I'm a bonehead, and then I'd feel guilty. Suffice it to say, while it wasn't a huge convention, it was packed with fun people, and I wish I'd had more time to spend with everyone.
Larry Smith, bookseller extraordinaire, had brought a good stack of goblin books which were displayed in the Dealer's Room, and all of which sold out by the end of the weekend. Score!
The hotel itself was a little annoying. Everything was up on the sixth floor, except for the readings which were down on five. So only two people made it to hear me read from The Stepsister Scheme. But that's okay ... I read for two, and we had a good chat.
I was crashing with some friends about 45 minutes outside of Columbus, which was also nice. I haven't seen them as much as I'd like, so it was a great little bonus to be able to catch up with them.
And then I came home to the news that "Sister of the Hedge" earned an honorable mention in the latest Year's Best Fantasy. Life is good.
You know the best part? According to the IRS, this weekend was work, and I can deduct it all from my taxes. Suckers!!!