Around this time last year, I was returning home from my trip to New York to visit the fabulous Fresh, meet Cail and see SuzyQ and attend the Literacy Autographing at the annual RWA conference where I got to meet the Goddesses! (squeee!)
Prior to this trip, I had met Sabrina at a signing event in Los Angeles and Julia London when we happened to be in New York at the same time (which also gave me the opportunity to meet Sherri Browning Erwin and Freshechelle and SuzyQ for the first time – that was a great trip) and I was so thrilled they were as wonderful in person as I thought they were here on Mt Oly.
So you can imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to meet more of the Goddesses on this trip! (I also got to meet dbrown3400 and pjpuppymom!)
Now, being the fangirl that I am, I would spot each goddess and walk up to them to introduce myself. My goal was not to be too silly.. or say something goofy… or make a fool of myself.It’s a lot of pressure to have that many amazing authors in one room!
I mean, the Literacy Autographing is like the Hall of Fame of romance authors – at least in my eyes. In addition to the Goddesses, there were literally HUNDREDS of other authors there. All signing books and all being lovely, gracious recipients of adoration, questions and requests for autographs. I felt like squealing like a schoolgirl (this might have happened, but I will deny it) when we finally entered the giant ballroom. It was all the people responsible for a giant portion of my bookshelf all in one room! And they were there to say hello to me! (ok, and thousands of other readers, but that is beside the point. ) Cail, SuzyQ, Fresh and I made our way around the room introducing ourselves, getting autographs, buying books, hunting down Goddesses and casting second glances at a few of the male cover models that were there. It was quite the crush, but a fun experience (though Cail will attest to my crankiness at the line to get in. I mean, didn’t they know who we were?! Sheesh.)
I think the best part of the whole experience was finding all of the Goddesses are truly wonderful women. We joked and laughed and chatted about things we had in common, much like old friends do when they get together. We had a history of sorts thanks to this blog and it was a truly lovely experience.
Now, why am I going on and on about this RWA trip from last year? Because this year’s conference and literacy signing are right around the corner. This year in sunny Southern California.
The Literacy Autographing is Wednesday, July 25th at the Anaheim Convention Center and admission is free. Not only will most of the Goddesses be in attendance, but so will quite a few hundred more of your favorite romance authors. It is a wonderful experience and a unique opportunity to get to meet these amazing men and women. The Goddesses will also be hosting a reception after the signing that you are all invited to – more information will be posted on the Facebook page shortly and was just in The Goddess Blogs newsletter (you haven’t subscribed? For shame!)
I hope to see some of you there!
Have you had the opportunity to meet someone you are a fan of? Did you remain composed? Did you squeal?