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The Queen of the Book Babes

One of the people who was instrumental in rounding up a lot of early support for HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS was a bookstore's children's book specialist named Faith. She was an advocate, a fan, a passionate promoter, and the only person I knew who would show up at a bookstore, after closing, in her pajamas, because I was on my way home from LA and had a mockup of a Pirate book to show her.

At some point, there was some event going on, and Faith was, as usual, being totally on top of things and efficient and attentive. And someone asked, "Do you work with James?"

I nodded, and said she did - then hesitated as to what to call her. A friend, certainly; but this was an event which was profession-oriented. My handler? Nope. That's a convention thing. My, mmm, promoter? Not quite the right description. She was alternately handselling books, taking care of me, talking to people, and running the event. And thus, a new term had to be invented.

"She's my Book Babe," I replied.

Faith zealously adopted the title (even signing emails with it, having also added "#1"), and has lived up to it ever since. There have been others appointed as official Book Babes: Bethany, Faith's accomplice, is Book Babe #2; Shannon (who took the photo below), and Michelle Aron. Patty Cryan certainly qualifies, as does Laura Jane at Vroman's, and Andrea at Mrs. Nelsons and, well... a LOT of great booksellers. But Faith is the uncontested Queen of the Book Babes, as my pals Jon Lewis, Derek Benz, Dean Lorey, Frank Beddor, and P.J. Haarsma, authors all, can testify. And we could not do the work we do, or have the careers we have, without people like Faith.

We love you, Book Babe.


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Jan. 31st, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Totally random here, but...

I love the long-sleeved shirt paired with the vest. I don't know if that's your normal mode of dress, but really? More men should dress like this.

It's dapper, gentlemanly, and very, very sexy.

Which is not meant as a come-on, just an observation.
Jan. 31st, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks. I love the observation.

It's my standard mode of dress at conventions, signings, lectures...any public appearance, really. I alternate between shorts with Bishop's Collars and more traditional collars - but always longsleeved. And I have several vests (including a Red Dragon vest I wear at some conferences).

Feel free to post here whenever you want. ;)
Jan. 31st, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
The Queen of the Book Babes
What a beautiful testament of appreciation for a truly wonderful person!

Denise Gary
Feb. 1st, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I LOVE MY FAITHYKINS!!!!!!!!! Injured_joe...she is your Neuman not your faithykins :p *grin*

Faith ROCKS! Hands down. Period. End of story.

I'm so glad shes the books babe for such an amazing author (kissing ass i iknow) :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
I enjoyed Here There Be Dragons as well as every book Faith has ever recommended. Thank you for your support of the Queen of The Book Babes. She has always been my book babe.
Faith's mom
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