Yesterday was an incredible day. It started with a visit to Jenny Meyer's office. She's my overseas agent. I liked her right away. She'll be traveling to the London book fair this April. I wish I could go!
Afterwards, my agent Michelle Brower (gray dress) and I went to lunch at a nice Italian restaurant. We talked about the publication of my upcoming novel and about a million other things. I felt like I'd known her for ages. We both feel like this partnership is meant to be. After lunch, we grabbed the train back uptown.
Later in the day, I met Michelle at Random House, which is INCREDIBLE. We had to give our names and show identification to get security passes to go upstairs. It was pretty cool. The lobby is a place I need to linger. There are first editions from floor to ceiling. I'm like, "I have that book and that book and that book." (Not first editions...) Wow! It's awesome. Upstairs we met Sarah Knight (big smile, beige sweater) and her assistant Christine Kopprasch. They were wonderfully complimentary about THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS. It was nearly five o'clock on a Friday, so I didn't have the opportunity to meet Shaye Areheart or the marketing crew, but I met Kira (sp) from publicity and learned the difference between marketing and publicity. (Marketing is about selling the book to bookstores and publicity is about getting buyers into those bookstores and selling books.) I feel like I'm in good hands all the way around.
Sarah showed me and Michelle the Random House conference rooms with an incredible view of the Hudson River. She'll be pitching my book in this intimidating room. Not that she'll be intimidated. She is awesome.
I had the opportunity to select some Harmony and Shaye Areheart books to carry home, which was like being a kid in a candy shop because I could've picked twenty books, but restrained myself, choosing a biography of Cary Grant by Marc Eliot, THE THIRD ANGEL by Alice Hoffman (what wonderful company I'm in...), and THE GRIFT by Debra Ginsberg (It's an awesome cover!) Shaye Areheart has the best art department. I've never seen better covers. I can't wait to see what they come up with for THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS.
After all that excitement, Sarah Knight took me to drinks at Cognac, a French restaurant across the street. We had a wonderful time with great conversation, yummy wine and cheese. I was reassured that the novel is in competent hands yet again as Sarah told me how much she loved THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, and that her second read, the editorial read, only solidified her belief that this novel needs to be published and read. (My mom's been saying the same thing for years. :-))
After a couple hours, Christopher and Danny met us at the restaurant, promptly driving the diners near us to another table.
It was a big day. I'm happy that I came to New York and met Michelle and Sarah. I plan to return when the weather's a bit warmer; to linger in the Random House lobby and meet Wendy Sherman and Shaye Areheart.
Today is going to be even more fun. Brigitte is in New York. We hope to meet at the public library where she's going to take notes on Sylvia Plath's personal copy of T. S. Eliot's "Four Quartets." xoxox