Still here. Somewhere. *makes attempt to emerge from underneath pile of manuscripts*
Thoughts on the writers conference:
Good group of writers. Lots of talent in there. I wait in fear and trepidation (okay, not really) for the resulting number of submissions. Location, location, location: well, it was very pretty outside. And very historical inside — including the plumbing and the peeling wallpaper and the broken blinds and the older-than-me-by-far mattress. I went to this same conference five years ago, and I really don’t remember the hotel having *quite* that much atmosphere. Heh. Post-con I was thinking about their chosen theme for the year: “In the Company of Writers.” I’d meant to write something long and introspective on that topic, but other things kept me from getting to it. Maybe once I catch up on everything that is awaiting me here in the office now that I’ve paused for a few days, I can get back to that.
“Impressions of BEA:
It made impressions on my feet, which are still tender. Miles and miles (literally, I’m sure) of booths with books and promotional items designed to attract the attention of book-sellers and librarians everywhere. My prize find? A galley of the Julie/Julia Project book (not that it was hard to find). Fangrrl moment: Standing in the autographing line for Neil Gaiman and getting a copy of the Anansi Boys chapbook. And I have a couple of war wounds (that coffee table hates me). Lots and lots of meetings. Productive ones. With film people and some of our foreign reps. Very pleased to have made the acquaintance face-to-face with Gray Tan, our associate from Taiwan. Also got to see four of my authors who were in for signings — too brief meetings with most of them. Friday morning, the New York Hilton witnessed the meeting of six like-minded agents at the breakfast buffet. Much interesting conversation on the state of the industry and our pet peeves regarding authors followed. And the lovely Harlequin shindig at the Supper Club on Saturday night was a fun way to finish things off.
Too short run-downs on events that took lots of time and energy, but unfortunately I’ve miles to go in terms of paperwork and emails to answer and so on and so forth. My take-over of the publishing world is not yet complete, so it’s back to it for me. In the meantime, if anyone is looking for something to read, might I suggest the following books that have been recently released:
And it’s not too early to pre-order…..
*Laura Anne Gilman’s Curse the Dark