Last night, I attended the RWA Readers for Literacy signing at the Anaheim Convention Center. I’ve never been to this mega-signing before, and it’s my first RWA as a published author.
There were over 400 authors in attendance. While I know that a lot of people out there enjoy my books (and I love your emails, and your tweets, and you all make me want to cry with your enthusiasm for the brothers Merrick), I’m small potatoes. Really. I’m totally okay with that, too. I only have one book out, and I’m a relative newbie at this publishing game. I would have been okay with no one walking up to the table.
After I’d been sitting there for a half hour, this amazing young woman came up to me and started raving about Storm, and it seriously made me want to cry. I was sitting next to a New York Times bestselling author (Sharon Sala, who is amazing and sweet and fabulous), and she had a rather constant line, and I hadn’t talked to anyone yet.
So when Amber showed up and told me how much she loved Storm, it made my WHOLE ENTIRE NIGHT. She’s lucky I didn’t tackle her across the table. I was so excited that I gave her an ARC of Spark. I even signed it, with a message like, “Dear Amber, Thanks for making my night.” (Which I then decided looked kind of dirty. :-P)
Amber wasn’t the only person to come up to me last night, but she was the first. After she left, Sharon Sala turned to me and said, “I will never forget my first big group signing, when a woman was excited to see me. That was twenty years ago.”
So, Amber, thank you. I can guarantee I’ll remember you in twenty years, along with just about everyone else who came up to me last night.
All it takes is one reader. You’re all amazing. Thank you so much for being a part of my dream.