What book surprised you recently?
So this is me trying, yet again, to twist the topic around to what I really want to write about. There, I feel better, having confessed. Ahhh. Lots of books surprised me recently and maybe I'll address that at the end of the post, but I am freshly back from New York where, among other things, I prowled around BEA. And one of the things I observed, though other more important people observed it first and much more vociferously, was that there weren't a whole lot of books to be found.
You can read about that elsewhere, since every BEA-attender seems to have blogged about the lack of ARCs and the paucity even of the little cardboard card-ARCs. A dearth of tchotchkes was bemoaned as well (why is it that I only use passive voice on this blog? What does it mean...is there someone on this blog who inspires me to passivity? And if so who would it be? I'll buy the first drink at B'con for anyone who comes up with a plausible explanation....)
Anyway, what I really want to do is post all my pictures from last week, which included a variety of ummmm...publishing-related outings as well as BEA (the distinguishing factor being whether or not I can claim it on my taxes, so it's a fairly liberal interpretation). Pretend I've got you in my living room with the ol' slide projector, rum-n-coke in hand, hostage to my blathering because as usual it's just *all about me*....
SOPHIE'S BEA WEEK ALBUM
Okay, let's start our little journey with my hotel. It was way way chic'er than me. And the rooms were about fifteen inches by two feet. But it's always, always better to be stylish than comfortable, right? Right. This is the lobby, and I think that might be actual art on the walls:
It was down in Gramercy. Home of NYU, where I am pushing Junior to apply to college. Mostly 'cause it would be convenient for me to come visit and all.
While I was in town, I badgered all my St. Martins pals until they finally weakened and let me come up and visit. In, the, y'know, FLATIRON. Only the coolest building on the whole isle'o Manhattan! Here's my first publicist, Anne Gardner, in the corner office that we snuck into. What would I do for this office!!!!!!
And this is the view....
Okay, tangent time. I was *really* in town for my friend Kaca's surprise 50th birthday party, which her husband cleverly held in the wine cellar at 21. Now there was so much eye-poppin' stuff to see there. The private bottles labeled with the names of the famous folks who keep them stored there. The section where every bottle costs as much as my car. The secret passage where they evaded Prohibition-era cops.
Oh, right, we were talking about BEA, weren't we? Okay here's what you see when you walk in - a giant sign pimping the lovely Debbie Macomber. As I live and breathe, friends, someday that's going to be me up there. Which is what I said, via gestures and expression, to that lady up front who was all "get that camera outta my face, yo"
Mostly, my "conference plan" was to follow these guys around. Y'all probably recognize Barbara and that's the amazing Holly Root on the right. They know eeevvvverrrryyyybody so I kind of just leeched onto their posse. Late in the day someone brought up the subject of authors who don't respect their agents' time and boundaries and I was like "that's so unprofessional!....Wait, whaaaat...?"
But, they did finally manage to ditch me so I went over to Harlequin and played fangirl for a long long time, getting in every signing line I could. Here's Rachel Vincent with famed editor Mary-Theresa Hussey:
Here's Gena Showalter and her editor Margo Lipschultz, two of the nicest publishing-type people around:
Here's my friend, big-deal debut author Pam Callow with, I think, executive editor Valerie Gray (but I am not sure....maybe shane knows)
So anyway, that's pretty much it. I did come back with one of the big YA buzz books, which I read on the plane home, and which was pretty darn captivating, so maybe it kind of qualifies for being on-topic. I think that next fall you'll be hearing a lot about MATCHED by Ally Condie. Also, if you notice in that picture of Barbara up there, she is holding an arc of THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger, which is the other YA novel you might want to be on the lookout for. And you heard it here first!!