I'm still reeling from PLA, without a doubt our best conference to date. We sold a record number of books and shirts, were beseiged by fans, had a good signing at Baker & Taylor, and may have even found a distributor (subject to negotiations, more on this later). Because this was a home-town crowd, Gene (who, in case you didn't know, writes under a pen name) effectively "came out" to his coworkers - he's still not publicly revealing his secret identity but if you recognized him then now you know. Please don't spread it around unnecessarily.
What worked so well? A bunch of things, methinks:
It was so good we re-upped for PLA 2006 in Boston, and got a much better booth location - a corner right in the middle of the first floor on a major thoroughfare.
Whether or not you bought something, if you were one of the many who stopped by to say Hi we really appreciate it. As I've said many times before, but it's true, contact with our fans is what keeps us going.