Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pictures from the book-signing

Here are some of my pictures from the book-signing in Columbia, MD, on Tuesday:


I was SO happy with the way everything worked out. Diana recognized me immediately, and we joked a little about the "Czarina of Traffic" reference in ECHO's Acknowledgements. (I told her, "Now that my family knows about that, I'm never going to live it down." Just kidding, of course.)

I was nervous before the signing, worried that I wouldn't be able to talk coherently when I saw her in person. But we chatted a bit while she signed my books, and I relaxed right away.

I told her my role on Compuserve is turning into a full-time job since the book came out (which is only a slight exaggeration <g>), and she said she thought it would start to slow down in a couple of weeks. (I have my doubts about that, but we'll see.)

She very graciously signed EVERY book I brought. Here she's signing my OUTLANDISH COMPANION.

After she signed my books, Diana let me look through a folder containing pictures from the upcoming OUTLANDER graphic novel. I only browsed through the pictures very quickly (there were dozens and dozens of pages in the folder) but I have to say, the artwork is spectacular! I recognized quite a few scenes from OUTLANDER, including some from the oath-taking at Castle Leoch.

I love this. Of the thousands of people Diana's going to meet on this book-tour, how many do you suppose will get a hug? I feel VERY fortunate, believe me. I've worked hard over the past year on Compuserve, and it's clear that she appreciates my efforts very much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience! It was worth the effort to go and see her, and I will treasure these memories for a long time to come.

16 comments:

Dena said...

Hi Karen,

Thsi was great! Congrats for you!
Kisses from Brazil!

P.S. I'm longing to receive my Echo. My sister, who lives in NJ in sending it to me!

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Thanks for posting the pics of your wonderful, wonderful moment with Diana! She looks wonderful and so do you - you are so lucky to know her and meet her!

*I'm still busily reading Echo - getting near the end a few hundred I think on Kindle*

Joanne said...

What a fun time for you meeting Diana! And congratulations, too, for being mentioned in Echo.

Kia said...

WOW! Congrats. Great pictures :D

B Lines said...

I can only imagine how excited you were and how wonderful it was to meet Diana. Thanks for all the hard work you do and for keeping us informed about all things Diana!

Amethyst Moon said...

congrats! I haven't read the newest book, yet, but look forward to doing so!
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Lisa said...

Karen! You post just about brought me to tears! I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! And a well deserved experience, my dear. You do a fabulous job on this blog, and I can only imagine you do an amazing job over at Compuserve as well.

Great pics! And thanks for sharing!

Laura's Reviews said...

Wow - how exciting is that?! Congrats and thanks for the posting the pictures so we can all share in your excitement!

Deanna/ibeeeg said...

How fun!
I am so glad that you were able to finally meet Diana. It is beyond wonderful that you were acknowledged in Echo. How thrilling!
Loved viewing the pictures.
Thanks for sharing.

I saw Diana today in Winnetka. It was fabulous. I am going to blog about this wonderful experience hopefully later tonight.

Janell said...

Great pictures. I'm amazed to find out you have only been reading the books for 2-5 years. What a great job of diving into the details.

Deniz Bevan said...

Great photos Karen! And I love the icon for that "Your Blog is Fabulous" Award you've got, over on the right hand side!
Speaking of which, I never did figure out how to get two columns on my blog :-( I followed the directions on the website, for how to stick the code in the right place, but it never worked for me :-(

KatieR said...

Karen – It was very nice meeting you at the book signing. I've been visiting Compuserve to check out the chapter-by-chapter comments and can't thank you enough for that terrific idea. One of these days I'll be brave enough to actually post! Thanks again – Katie R

shamrock said...

I saw your name mentioned in ECHO. Congrats on that and the well deserved hug from Diana! I know it was so exciting for you. Well done, Karen. Thanks for sharing your great pics.

Jari Backman said...

Dear Karen,

I was so happy to hear and see about your trip to meet Diana. It really must have been Pure Joy.

Your input at CompuServ has been tremendous, and the way you decided to make it possible for the readers to discuss things during the reading is awesome. I am in the beginning of the book, but have already been able to share views in the appropriate threads.

The buzz around Diana has increased tremendously (and I am not looking from a near distance), which I think will also show in the way this book is received. I already believe it to be a Masterpiece, and thinking of the earlier books, it is a remarkable opinion.

With previous books (maybe expecting the same patterns to repeat) I have had it difficult to see/follow the book in the beginning.

Sandra said...

How wonderful and exciting! You and Diana both look very happy to be talking and seeing each other :-) I rarely go to Compuserve, but when I do, I always see evidence to your "guidance!"

Congratulations again!!

Linda said...

Karen, I was almost brought to tears as well, I am so happy for you, a memory you will have for the rest of your life, how awesome! Thanks for sharing the videos, Herself is not coming to my neck of the woods(Northern Illinois), so this is great!