what a weekend!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
BEA was amazing. Picture a huge warehouse, and now fill it with booths of presses, all staffed by people who not only want to tell you about their upcoming releases, but will give you copies of them! I seriously felt like I was in a dream, and spent a good portion of Friday morning saying, "Can I have a copy of this? Really? YAY!!!" I also met with my editor at HarperCollins, who is *so* smart and *so* much fun, and had a great conversation with her.
But that isn't all! I also got to meet Sarah Dessen. Yes, THAT Sarah Dessen.
I got to BEA around nine on Friday, because she was autographing copies of her amazing new book, Just Listen, starting at 9:30. First thing I did was head up to the autographing area (which was in a completely different area than most of the publisher booths, and I swear was actually in another building, but the Washington Convention Center is so strangely laid out I'm still not sure if it's a couple of separate buildings, or one huge building that has a few very inconvenient and mostly hidden ways to get to various levels. But I digress.)
Anyway, fate was truly on my side, because I was the first (yes, the FIRST) person in line for Sarah Dessen. I was giddy, and a wonderful librarian from Richmond, who was in line behind me, listened to me gush and talked to me about what kids at her school are reading. I learned a lot about middle grade books, which I knew nothing about before, and talking to her totally reaffirmed my belief that librarians are just about the nicest people in the world, and can always tell you about an amazing book (or twelve) that you should go read right now.
Then Sarah Dessen came out. I've seen her picture on her book jacket, of course, but in person she's even prettier, and she was just so THERE, you know? Sarah Dessen, twenty feet away from me! By the time the autographing line opened, I was so awe-struck I could only stammer out "I love your writing!" and remember my name (barely) when she asked who I wanted the book made out to.
So, to sum up this weekend=VERY good. Free books, seeing Sarah Dessen (and talking to her! even if I was inarticulate!), talking to my amazing editor, and seeing my husband graduate.