I wrote out my days longhand, so I'll post one a day so you'll know about conference.

I met Bosey, Elizabeth, Gina, Cindy T and Pandora from eHQ, stalked Eileen Rendahl in the elevator. I know there were more - please forgive my sleep deprived mind!

Wednesday was wild and crazy. Woke up at 3 AM, too excited to sleep. Headed out from Birmingham at 7:30 AM, because dh and ds COULD sleep. Got to Atlanta, checked in VERY quickly, and got a peach! I saw Tiffany Green from SARA right away, and never saw her again. Changed and went down to meet ESK, who met quickly with a prospective client before she came back to meet with us and take us to lunch. We walked to the Sundial or Suntower, which rotated with a great view of Atlanta. I didn't say much as the lowly unpub. Returned to the room around 2, met with Trish to help her with the basket the Noodlers put together to donate to the literacy signing. We had shrink wrap we had no idea what to do with, had nothing to tie it with. Thank goodness Janice Lynn had come in. She rummaged in her purse and pulled out a ribbon she'd cut out of her dress the night before - you know, the ones you use to hang up the dress? It was perfect!

We carried the Noodler basket to the booksigning, bought our own tickets (but didn't win) and shopped. I got as far as Cindy Gerard (To the Brink!) before I had to meet with ESK again for a one on one.

More revisions. I didn't cry.

Then we walked around the booksigning, but the line was tremendous, and I didn't get to see as many people as I wanted.

After ESK and I parted ways for the evening, I found a good friend outside in the lobby and decompressed for awhile before going up to the bar for a meeting with the 2006 finalists. Then Anne Mallory and I met up and joined the Noodlers for karaoke at GIlbert's.

Y'all, that was SO MUCH FUN! Some people there were SO GOOD that it was like being at a concert. There was a guy who sang an Elton John song who should totally go on American Idol. I sang the Shoop Shoop song with Esri and Priscilla, and Colleen and I sang Love Shack with some of the guys who were there who DIDN'T know the song! And all the Noodlers sang Addicted to Love! I didn't get back to the room till 1:30 and couldn't sleep till 5:30.

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This is John. He was a cutie.

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Esri dancing on a chair.

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Priscilla looking gorgeous.

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Esri and Colleen.

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Toni Anderson said...

Mary you're back! Sounds like you had a great time!!!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a lot of fun, Mary :)

Stacy Dawn said...


Glad your back home safe and sound

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a blast, Mary. Can't wait to hear more.
Hugs on the revisions--but at least she believes in the book. It reminds me of Lisa Gardner's story about her first single title.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Was great to see you in person, Mary. We were at opposite ends of the table at the karaoke bar, but it looked like you all were having a blast! (I was happy to sit and watch. There isn't enough alcohol on the planet to make me get up and sing.)

Anonymous said...

Tell us how good you looked in your GH dress, Mar! We want to know more!!!


MJFredrick said...

I had fun with my friends, Toni and Bonnie! I realized I never did see Natalie D!

Mary Beth, I got to spend some time with Kay Swanson, too. You're right - this is sounding like Lisa Gardner's heartache with The Perfect Husband. Wouldn't it be lovely if it had the same result?

Elisabeth, sorry! I forgot! I was so stunned when you came up and said, "YOU'RE Mary Fechter!" I felt famous! I wish we could have talked more!

JoAnn, be patient ;) I'm only on Wednesday. Tomorrow, Thursday!

Besides, Trish has to send me a picture of me in my GH dress - Fred didn't get a good one.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I realized I never did see Natalie D!

LOL! I know! I looked for you all over, but we just never crossed. I thought about going to your workshop to see you, but I figure I'm a pretty successful unpub and needed something more likely to make me not an unpub anymore. :)

Anyway, Lisa Naujoks had said I could crash your table at lunch on Thursday, and I said no, I wouldn't horn in, and sat with someone else. Then Saturday night, when she saw your name in the program and mentioned the lunch, I was so annoyed with myself for missing that opportunity.

I did scream when they said your name, anyway. Sorry you didn't win. :(

MJFredrick said...

Bummer, Natalie! I didn't realize you knew Lisa! You should hve come - we had an extra chair. Thanks for cheering for me ;)


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