Last but not least: Book fair + Teen Day at the RT Convention.
We went down to the ballroom at like 7:30 and they were already working on setting up the fair. Immediately we started matching the books that arrived with the corresponding authorial name plates and arranging the books in nice stacks on the tables. Some of the books the authors sold at the consignment fair went missing along the way, and we couldn't find them for a while--see? Number of things that could go wrong? Any time I go to a book fair or convention from now on, I'm going to think of all the work and stress and panic that was put into making it so perfect that people think nothing's amiss. After that we had our jobs assigned to us, and we wanted to get our books signed before the fair started in case we didn't get a chance later, but the authors were late! With a few exceptions like...
She told Pat, one of the RT staff, to give the three of us bags for our work which was really nice. This is what mine had:
When the party started, I felt like a guard dog. People literally were staring at us, and it felt like I was staring down an army as they waited to see if there were any extra bags being given away....
And after that, we left... and returned, only to have one of the RT staff tell us that "she didn't need any help" with the last party. That's how we left the convention. Dismissed.
Some of the day was good, some was bad. This was like the convention itself. Half the times we were accepted, half the times dismissed. Half the people remembered and liked us, the other half treated us like they didn't trust us. All in all, I'm not sure I'll return next year, but I am glad that I came these past two years.
(PS - There will be giveaways soon. And I promise to count the blogoversy giveaway as well.)