Travel, book launches, sickness, book deal announcements, and…everything.

24 May

Wow, it’s been quiet around here, which is obviously completely my fault. But oh, have I had a busy time of it, readers.

First of all, I haven’t been able to promo my Trevor Project thing as much as I’d like, so I’m going to let that run into June. And here’s why:

I had TWO book deadlines in April. Which was fine, until I pulled a muscle in my back and couldn’t walk for a week. Just as I was getting over that, I gave myself shingles.

That was…not fun.

What WAS fun, even with shingles, was getting on a plane and going to NYC to celebrate CODA’s official launch day. There was much revelry and laughter and things involving cheeseburgers and ketchup and pickle juice that I’m not willing to explain.

I saw Amazing Editor Lisa, who crossed state lines with CAKE for me:

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And friends sent cupcakes and chocolate and the craziest, most beautiful flowers ever:

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And I saw CODA on a table in Barnes & Noble in fabulous company:


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I met Awesome Editor Zareen for the first time, and she is WONDERFUL and I feel even luckier than I did before, which I didn’t know was possible. Also, she took me to eat sushi.

I went to Philadelphia and did an impromptu CODA signing in the Running Press offices, where I met ALL THE PEOPLE, before Amazing Editor Lisa took me out for delicious food with Equally Amazing Publicist Gigi and Designer Frances.

Aaaand I did all kinds of other New York Things like eat pizza and have Best Brunch Ever with one of my dearest friends, and play Cards Against Humanity in the Old Town Bar with a stellar collection of publishing people.

Now I’m back and working on many things, like a synopsis for the book that will follow FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES, and reading someone’s manuscript, and reminding my body what sleep is. In amongst all that, THIS HAPPENED:

We’ve known about the deal for a while, and it’s been SO tough to keep quiet. Finally we can talk about it, and PW did the above awesome article on it, so I’ll just say here that I adore my fellow Curators and all four of our agents, who have worked so hard to pull this together, and Virginia Duncan for wanting to publish the anthology, and everyone at HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books for being awesome.

Phew! I’m tired now. I’ll try not to let the dust build up on the blog in the coming weeks!

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