Texas Book Festival

by Jeff Abbott on November 1, 2009

I had a great time Saturday at the Texas Book Festival. ┬áMichael Merschel of the Dallas Morning News did a brief writeup here. I’m glad people seemed to think it was funny; this being my first “interview” to be done at TBF, instead of a panel, I was worried I wouldn’t have many people come see me, but the room was nearly full fifteen minutes before start and we had an overflow crowd (one of my neighbors was turned away–but you know, I can talk her ear off any day). Steven Saylor was a terrific moderator and made me look better than I am. And any time I am asked to tell the Harlan Coben/chicken-fried steak story is a good day.

Afterwards, I had a nice signing, got to drink in the sunshine, and then signed again at the Penguin/Hastings booth in the exhibit area. I also got to hear Ron Hogan, who writes for influential book industry blogs Beatrice and Galleycat participate on a panel about the future of publishing and e-books, and he was very smart, I learned a lot about ebook buyers (buyers are not an “elite” or “early adopter” group, lots of ebooks being read on PCs and netbooks, not necessarily on just dedicated readers.) Ron kindly Twittered about my talk while I was giving it, which I think was a first for me.

The best part was the great weather really brought the crowds out; the Festival was packed, and people were buying books. Which is great news, because books remain a terrific entertainment deal in a down economy. Thank you to everyone who came out to hear me talk or to get a book signed, it was a honor, and I had a wonderful time.

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