I’m back from SIBA in South Carolina

28 Sep

Why do I have two photos that look near the same? because it fascinated me that we looked near the same in both of them despite the moments in between the shots – I look pale and exhausted in both of them because of the recent Angry Appendix episode *laughing* (I am in the black jacket to the far right).

However, despite my pale and exhausted face, I had a wonderful time and so enjoyed SIBA. I met wonderful booksellers from all over the south, along with other authors, publishers and presses, and the SIBA staff. SIBA staff put together a marvelous trade show and I was impressed. I hope to be there next year!
The cartoon drawing above is what Jayne’s son (Jayne is in the flowered blouse to the far left) drew while Jayne, Terry, and I (Terry is next to me) sat at Jayne’s kitchen table in our jammies playing a board game called “Life Stories” after a long day at the trade show. Jayne’s son James came in and sat with us a while, and the subject of ax murderers came up (you had to be there, haw!). James drew that lovely picture just for me *laughing* — as in, “Hey, Kat, here’s an ax murderer going into your room in the middle of the night …hahaha!” Thanks a lot James! *grin*
James helped us so much on Friday by hauling in books, fetching us lunch, and various other things we needed a strong and helpful son to help us with.

Angela, Terry, and I were so very happy to stay at Jayne’s house while in Greenville, SC for the conference. Jayne and her family are warm and inviting and I am honored I was invited to be a part of their household.

Dawn Cusick was at the conference with us, but only a short time on Saturday, so I didn’t get a photo of her nor was she at Jayne’s house, but I was glad to get to know her, as well.

Each of us writes in a different genre in a different way. Jayne is a poet (check out her website below for her beautiful gift books of poetry that will touch your heart), Terry Rollins is author of “Married to the Military” and is offering a book as a give-away — the first person who leaves a comment asking for “Married to the Military” will receive a signed copy (and the only caveat to this give away is that it be in the US or Canada), Angela Dove is author of the “true crime” book “No Room for Doubt,” and Dawn has children’s books – one of which is “Bug Butts.”

My book signing went well; my books were snatched up quickly and that made me happy.
More later, I have much to catch up on, but I am already looking forward to next year’s Siba Conference.
Next stop: Louisiana Book Festival October 17 in Baton Rouge!
I hope this post made some sense – I’ll be catching up on emails today, working on Secret Graces (since I haven’t been able to since Thursday), and I hope to visit around with you all soon.
Here is more information on the authors/poet above . . . check them out and support our writers and poets!

11 Responses to “I’m back from SIBA in South Carolina”

  1. Lazy Writer September 28, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    I think you look fabulous! Glad the book signing went well.

  2. Deb Shucka September 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    So glad the event was a success. Hope you didn't overdo. You look amazing for someone whose been through what you've just been through. :-)

  3. Sharla September 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Look at you…you are such an AUTHOR now!!! Doing all these "authorly" things!!! That's so awesome. Wow, do you remember not so long ago you were opening your first box of books and wondering who your first buyers would be? (me…me…me…) And now look where you are!So thrilled for you, girl. Now go to my place and give me an idea for a diner name! *heeeeee*

  4. edmontonjb September 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Glad your trip went well. i would love to have "Married to the Military" if its still available.dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Jessica September 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I think you look beautiful and so petite. Glad you enjoyed yourself. :-)

  6. Patience-please September 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    You are a trooper! Glad you had a good time. Any time for a little rest??? (Sorry, it's the nurse in me!)

  7. Strange Fiction September 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Congrats on the successful conference–sounds like you had a good time :)

  8. B.J. Anderson September 29, 2009 at 12:15 am #

    What a great smile you have! And you don't look sick at all. Glad you had a good time.

  9. Analisa September 29, 2009 at 6:25 am #

    Yeah Glad to see you up and running. You looked good! Thanks for adding the other writers links too. A children's writer with a book called "Big Butts" sounds like my kinda humor.

  10. Carol @ TheWritersPorch September 29, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Well sugar bear you are just really getting the hang of it all in just no time flat!! :)Will probably see you in Baton Rouge! :)You look wonderful in the pics, you were just down the road from Flat Rock huh?What on earth did you do to that kid?? He's sending an ax murderer after you???? HA! xoxo

  11. Marguerite September 30, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    Looks like a great time. Glad the book signing went well. You look great in those pics!

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