Tuesday, September 30, 2008

yaoi con and WEHO

Hey y'all!

Long time no see, huh?

Just got back from running a booth at Yaoi Con. Man, that was exhausting. Good, but exhausting. We got in late Friday night, had some supper, and met up with Kit Zheng, who helped us work the booth. Saturday we set up the booth (many thanks to our two volunteers from the Yaoi con staff!) and got rolling. Kit was there, and Kara Larson stopped by to help work most of the day. We had a lot of interest, a lot of return customers, some signings, and there was a lot of interest in the YA and menage stuff as well as the pure m/m.

We got to see Clare London, Elisa Rolle, James Buchanan, ZA Maxfield, Hayden Thorne, and probably a ton of other folks that I missed. Atta Vazzy worked the booth like a pro, and networked with the Yaoi crowd.

We sold better than 2/3 of the books we took, with the most popular titles being the YA, vampire and werewolf, and BDSM titles. Sci fi amd fantasy fared well, too.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to attend any of the panels or the parties, but Atta says the cosplay contest was a hoot, and that everyone enjoyed the bishie auction.

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to visit, and to everyone who made the show a success!

Larry (our much beleaguered webmaster) was going to go to LA for the West Hollywood Bookfair on Sunday. An unfortunate family calamity had him staying home, and our amazing authors took up the mantle for him last minute, setting up the booth and working it to get TQ's name out there. People took lots of catalogs and promo, asked lots of questions, and showed a lot of interest. Sales were slow, apparently, but we had been told repeatedly that this was not a great sales opportunity, so we were happy! Special thanks to Jay Lygon, Stephanie Vaughn, Kara Larson, Mel Spenser, Misa Izanaki and Zoe Nichols for working it for us, and for anyone I might have missed, as well!

Yay for con season being over until January, when you can look for us at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver!