Final BEA 2010 Report

Today I had the happiness of introducing people to each other because they ought to have known one another already but didn’t. (I think I got those tenses right…I’m really tired!) I first met up with erotica writer Sacchi Green, whom I met many years ago at a reading for Best Lesbian Erotica, in which we both had stories. We wandered the floor and I got to see things from a different perspective: she owns two stores, that sell some books but also a lot of subsidiary items such as stuffed animals, magnetic poetry, and novelties. I got to see a little of how her buying decisions were made and learn how those companies (such as Folkmanis, makers of stuffed animals and puppets) operate. We had an early lunch and I introduced Sacchi to Meredith Schwartz; both of them have edited erotic anthologies, and both write erotica as well. Later, I introduced Sacchi to a publishing friend who lives near her, and who’s actually been to her store; they’d never managed to meet before.

After leaving Sacchi, I met with my agent for a drink and then wandered the floor for a while with friend Cecilia Tan; we went together to visit a mutual friend, Keith DeCandido, who was signing comics. I hadn’t realized some of Cecilia’s books that were coming out in print this fall actually had a display! So we walked over to the Red Wheel booth and I took pictures of her with them (you can see one in the previous post).

Now, I’m off to dinner with some local friends. It’s been a fun conference!

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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