Today, I'll be at Lori Foster's Readers' 'N Authors' Get Together at the Cincinnati Marriott North. I'm really excited to be attending. I'll get to put faces to names and meet people I've been talking to on the internet. I'll have appointments with one agent and four editors over the course of today and tomorrow - and I'm very nervous - so wish me luck. And I haven't been to a conference in several years. I'm not as shy as I used to be, but I can still be shy. I volunteered to help fill goodie bags and set up so hopefully that will let me meet a few people before the crowds come. I think about 270 plus people have registered. That's not including how many more may attend the book signing Saturday at the Marriott (between 4 and 5 pm). My dad was asking me if publishers promote authors. He was under the impression they play a big part in promotion. Unfortunately, not usually, unless you're already a big name - and then you'd have the money to hire a publicist and promote out the ying yang. It doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? But that's how it works. However, I'm lucky in that TEB is doing their fair share and I'm very happy with them. Ellora's Cave has done a lot of promotion, too, so I can't complain. Again, I can't rely on them to do enough promotion for me souly. I have to get out there, too. What Lori and Dianne and their friends are doing is brilliant and also so very nice. I don't know that I'd have the organizational skill but if I did, it'd be very difficult while I'm still working a full-time day job. Besides, my name isn't big enough yet to draw anybody. Notice, I say "yet". I fully plan to take over the world. :) Meanwhile, I can join in events like Lori's and blog here and do booksignings and write short stories (check out UK's Scarlett Magazine in July - I have a free short story in the special TEB section.) I also plan to attend the 2009 RT Booklover's Conference in Orlando.