Last weekend I attended the annual meeting of the American Historian's Association.
It was a terrific event and I'm glad I rose to the challenge of going to a new, unknown event.
It's been 10+ years since I've attended an event where I would not know a single soul. At writing conferences, I'm usually invited to attend and even people I don't know are mostly glad to see me.
At cons like Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, or Left Coast Crime chances are that I'll know more than two dozen people, and again, because of my job, even strangers are often eager to say hello.
Being a lit agent is an instant entree at a conference or con.
But this past weekend, I was doing what many of you do/did at your first writing conference. Walking in to foreign territory, hoping to avoid doing something stupid. Not sure of the unspoken decorum; not sure if I'd be eyed warily. Feeling very alone and unsure.
It turned out I was the least knowledgeable person in the room. Every room. Every day. I was able to ask one good question in one panel, and offer an added perspective to another panelist after the talk.
I managed to
introduce myself to a three people and have an extended conversation
All in all, I not only survived, I liked it enough (hard as it was) to plan to hit the Seattle meeting in 2021.
Well, ok then, I'm the cat's pjs, Yay me!
When I got home I found a copy of Barbara Poelle's wonderful new book waiting for me.
Of course, ego maniac that I am, I turned to the index to see where *me me me* was cited in the book.
And wow! There I am!
I was so pleased I'd been quoted so often. Yay me!
Puff puff puff up the ego after three days of feeling quite small.
So I checked the listed pages.
And I'm not there.
Not at all. Not on the first three citations.
Only when I looked at the index again did I realize it's a layout error.
Rejections should be directly underneath Reid, not indented.
I haven't laughed that hard at myself in WEEKS.
Talk about an ego check!
Of course, I immediately wrote to Barb to complain, cause that's what you do when you find errors in printed books, right?
Narrator: it is not.
We did have a good laugh, and honestly this will make better fodder to torment Barb than if the layout was correct.
This week was my first time at AHA and my first time in an index!
2020 is off to an Interesting, if slightly Humbling, start.
Are you trying something for the first time in 2020?