Tropical squalls on Friday, the main children's day, sent booksellers scrambling to protect their wares, and browsers running for cover into loggias and coffee shops. We met some lovely people—Marcia Littley, our hostess, Phillip Church, Larry and Betty, and Robin and her husband.
We enjoyed a few of the talks, for example Jeffrey Eugenides on his new book The Marriage Plot. It was inspiring to hear his reflections on his process—non-linear, imperfect, subject to serendipity...Writers get intimidated thinking others have the secret formula for writing success. He debunked that. Heard more along that line from Roy Peter Clark, author of The Glamour of Grammar, and two newer books on writing. Great sense of humor.
Our goal was to learn how and whether participation in the Book Fair met what was suggested by the publisher. Wiggely Giggely Goggely Gum was represented in the Street Fair, but there were only eight copies available, which sold out before the last day. The catalog entry was incorrect. We expected we could play our little video from the booth to attract browsers, but that didn't work out (rain, no power, no room, no encouragement to play it). However, we showed to those we met, and to the people who manned the Authors Solutions booths. And so we've put it online here, here, on my Facebook Page and personal page. After all, it's Cyber Monday (groan).