SIBA 2011–Better late than never!

This post is a little late, but with three authors on tour and new updates in publicity for Stuart Dill’s Murder on Music Row every day (see the latest here and in the current issue of ForeWord Reviews), we’ve been too busy to tell you about our trip to Charleston for The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance trade show.

As always, the show was a success. It was so great to see our friends from other presses and our sales reps and meet new booksellers and media contacts. I grabbed this shot of Angela with Emily from Lookout Books as soon as we got the booth set up.

Guess who stopped by our booth to speak with booksellers about her latest, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, and the new reprint of Ghost Riders we’re publishing in March?

Sharyn McCrumb, that’s who! We had a blast with her. I credit her with my favorite line of the whole weekend: “Writing is like being a hooker. Make sure you’re good at it before you start charging.” Good advice, no? Sharyn, it was wonderful to spend some time with you last weekend.

Wendy Dingwall, author of Hera’s Revenge (you’ll have to read her Library Journal review) joined us for a signing as well. It was so great to finally meet you, Wendy!

Stuart Dill, our debut mystery author, came to SIBA to speak to booksellers at a luncheon. He stopped by the booth for a quick photo op.

We ended the weekend with an author auction, where booksellers bid to take authors to dinner. Chef Stephanie Tyson, author of our latest cookbook Well, Shut My Mouth! The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook, provided sweet potato pies for the event. Yum…

That’s all I’ve got for you, folks. If we missed you at SIBA this year, hopefully we’ll see you in 2012!

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