Just got back from this year’s Rainbow Book Fair in NYC.
It was fun! Lots of people, and everyone around me was super nice. I even sold some books! Though most people at the fair were not “romance readers” a few were, and some others I think may have purchased out of pity. But either way, I had a good time and I’m glad I went.
I had this on my table, and people added their thoughts. I think it went well as a booth idea, even though people seemed reluctant to write on it.
The last time I attended the rainbow fair was 2016. Back then I was really excited to see other authors I only knew online and hang out in person. I remember meeting them after, at a bar, and chatting a while, and leaving feeling so positive. Like I had a community.
This time was very different! I had no expectation of socializing at all. There was only one author I wanted to say hello to, and I didn’t get to see her. The “after party” seemed nice, but I was pretty tired and decided to skip it. So, not much of a social experience, this time around.
But that doesn’t mean it was bad! My little handmade books, which I had first intended to use as ARC rewards, ended up being my best sellers at $5 each! People kept commenting on how cute they were, and that was really positive and nice for me. I was next to an awesome lady & her kid and she gave me the most amazing book!! I can’t even find a link to the exact book so I’m feeling pretty special. (I wish I could share though because its a graphic memoir & gorgeous!) I’m staying in an absolutely beautiful hotel, and I’m LOVING the peace and alone time. Let me tell you, I have not been alone in my house (or anywhere besides my car) for months. It’s nice.
So now I’m going to post this, and enjoy some room service while I get to watch whatever I want (!) on TV. Or maybe I’ll write! Or read. Possibilities are endless here on my own LOL
Any thoughts about in-person book events? Do you attend? (As an author or reader?) Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.