Pride this year was SUCH a blast. Exhausting, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun at an event. All in all there were four Bold Strokes Books authors present, Barbara Ann Wright (lesbian fantasy), Joel Gomez-Dossi (gay thrillers), Jerry L. Wheeler (gay erotica) and me. Barbara’s books sold out on the first day of the event, and mine sold out the following morning; Joel and Jerry did pretty well with book sales too.
There were so many great moments over the course of the event, but one of the most memorable was a group of Deaf women who were looking over our books – my partner Kaitlin was
bellowing “LESBIAN PIRATES!” enthusiastically promoting the content of our work ;) and one of them signed to her that they were Deaf. Since Kaitlin speaks some ASL, she began signing back, while the rest of us watched in fascination. I think the ladies had fun correcting some of Kaitlin’s signs, and Kaitlin enjoyed getting to practice her ASL with folks who could understand her (she’s always signing to me when her mouth is full or she’s sleepy or drugged up… and I just have to squint at her in exasperation and try to guess what she’s saying.) As it turned out, the group bought one of each of Barbara’s books and mine, and we got to sign them, and it was just a really lovely encounter with some lovely people that we might not have been able to meet if not for my talented fiancée and her wide repertoire of skills, LOL… I love my future wife. <3
So anyway, here we are on the first day (Barbara, Joel, me and Cricket). Not pictured are Kaitlin, and Barbara’s friends Erin and David who did an amazing job of promoting all our work and providing entertaining behind-the-scenes conversation.
My min-pin Cricket took her job as booth-babe very seriously, standing out in front of the booth and enticing guys and girls alike to come take a look at our books:
And here’s a pic taken with one of my readers, Jamie, whose excitement made me feel like a big celebrity – she was so sweet and came back both days to say hi and get signed books and postcards. <3
Another reader, Mercedes, also came by on both days – her girlfriend had emailed me a while back trying to arrange signed books for her as a surprise, so it was awesome to get to sign them for her in person! A couple of folks who had bought books from me at Pride last year came back this year to say hi again, too. Also got to meet another Colorado lesbian author, JJ Greene, who’s published with Bella Books. I wish that I’d made a list of everyone that I’d signed books for, so I could give everyone a post-event shout out – making a mental note to bring a little notepad with me next time so I can jot everyone’s names down.
BSB readers are THE BEST, seriously. We heard from so many folks who had such glowing, positive things to say about BSB’s books. When they’d already read our stuff (or fantasy/thrillers weren’t their cup of tea), we were able to make recommendations for contemporary romances, romances where the lead characters are persons of color, romances with transgendered characters, paranormal and urban fantasy, etc. by handing out BSB flyers and chatting them up about our personal favorites. Also got the opportunity to refer several folks just down the way to the Out in Colorado booth, for more awesome gay stories from Colorado-based LGBTQ writers. I’ve been mostly a lurker in the group for the past year, but I’m looking forward to participating in more of the OiC events in the coming year – they are really a fantastic group of people. <3
Jerry joined us on the second day, so we took another group pic (and this time we’d figured out how to make our BSB banner hang a little better):
And then we spent some chill time just hanging out:
As an added surprise, I ran into my friend Whirlwynd. I’ve known her for probably close to fifteen years now. She was an active participant at my Sailor Moon fansite wayyy back in the day, and one of the original beta readers of Sword of the Guardian. If you will recall, she also composed the beautiful “Echoes of Ithyria” musical theme that’s in the SotG trailer (and is now featured in the SotG playlist.) We’ve talked online for ages, but I think we’ve only met maybe once before, so I actually didn’t recognize her right away – I was signing a postcard for her and asked her to spell her name, and that was when I was like “OMG, Whirlwynd?? MY FRIEND WHIRLWYND??!! AHHHH!!” Naturally, we needed a picture. :P
So that you can understand what a phenomenally talented person Whirlwynd is, I am crossposting this amazing anime clip of her web series 20 Galaxies. That’s right – the woman IS MAKING HER OWN ANIME. You may all bow your heads in worship now. ^~ Seriously, just WATCH this work of art (and then bookmark her website for updates):
So anyway, overall this year’s Pridefest was probably the most fun thing I’ve done in a long time, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!! Maybe we’ll even be able to recruit a few more BSB authors into coming? *nudgeshopefully* In the meantime, I’m planning to attend another signing event in August with the Out in Colorado folks… will post more info on that as it comes…