Okay, so this isn’t a full on commentary. More like a little note, like on those cool little calling cards that rich folks get. Except I’m certainly not rich folks. And there’s no actual paper involved, heavy stock or not. It’s all virtual all the time here at Women and Words.
As some of you may have noticed, we had a little Hootenanny here that ended yesterday, and Andi and I want to sincerely thank everyone for their participation. To all the authors, thank you so much for your generosity. I cannot tell you how many emails Andi and I sent back and forth that started with “So and so is in! How cool is that?“We started planning the Hootenanny back in September (yes, it really does take that long to get it all organized and squared away) and we started with a “wish list” of authors that we wanted to include. We each came up with thirty names so that we wouldn’t overlap one another. Nothing worse than asking the same person twice. Talk about annoying. And the vast majority of those original sixty authors said yes.
For those of you who don’t know, my books are published with Bold Strokes Books, so naturally Radclyffe was on my list of folks to hit up. And I always feel a little guilty about asking Rad because, in my experience, the woman just never says no to that type of request. Well, she did me one better and offered one a day for the entire event. And that deserves a little acknowledgment. So, on behalf of Women and Words, thank you, Radclyffe, for your generosity this holiday season.
And did y’all see the list of participants? Holy crap. The talent up in here the last twelve days! Unstoppable. We had some true legends and some amazing new voices. And can you believe the generosity? “You want a book? How about two?”
To the readers of Women and Words, it’s impossible to know how an event will be received until it’s actually launched. Andi and I could have been sitting on an enormous dud. But y’all responded with such great enthusiasm! We had a lot of fun because y’all had a lot of fun and it showed.
Thank you so much to each and every person who left a comment. To the folks who played along and wrote their own elf lyrics, to those who provided sexy French lessons, to those who offered encouragement to all who participated, and to those who came back day after day, YOU are the reason we did this. We cannot thank you enough for playing along with us.
Happily Holidays to you and yours!
Jove, Andi, R.G., Carsen, and Stevie (The women of Women and Words)
P.S. and just so you know, the merry elves are recycling their red solo cups, and helping clean. 🙂