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Monday, November 26, 2007

New York was great! Not only did I get to meet a lot of amazing teachers and librarians at NCTE and during the ALAN conference, I also met Robin Wasserman, Kate Brian, and Susane Colasanti! I admit I turned into a complete fangurl when I met Susane (I think by now we all know how much I love WHEN IT HAPPENS), but she was totally gracious about it and I can't wait for May 15th to get here so I can get my copy of TAKE ME THERE!

I also got to see the fantabulous Melissa Walker again (yay!), and she's so funny and charming and kind that she didn't even laugh at me when I managed to walk right by the place where we were supposed to meet not once, but TWICE. That's right--give me an exact set of directions, a cab that takes me exactly where I'm supposed to go. And I can still get lost!

I have to say, though, that the real highlight of the trip was getting to see my nephew on his first birthday. Remember how when I first saw him last year, I was afraid to hold him because he was so small? Well, things have changed...



Okay, I might look a little scared there, but that's because someone who I won't name (my HUSBAND) took the picture and he's a master at doing things like saying "Hey, over here!" and then blammo! Picture time! Also, I feel compelled to note that I really do have eyebrows. Really, I do! I'm just pretty much a uniform shade of pale.

Links:

Agent Nathan Bransford on the importance of putting in your book's ending when an agent asks for a synopsis

Maureen Johnson offers up yet another great blog entry, as always--but my favorite part is where she addresses covers (As the very kind Keris, of Trashionista fame, has noted, I've really lucked out in that department--all my covers have been gorgeous, and you know who is to thank for them? The designers. They did it all! I just said "OOOOOH!" when I saw them.)

A reader (someone who reads books for publishers and offers their opinion as to whether or not the book is worth pursuing for publication) discusses the highs--and lows--of the job

Finally, author Jay Lake explains why you should *always* photocopy a copyedited manuscript (CEM) before you return it to the publisher. I'm actually a proponent of photocopying everything that you think might be remotely important when it comes to a book, but that's because my last job taught me to keep copies of everything, because if something could get misplaced/lost, it would.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to meet Kate Brian!! how cool!

November 26, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

It was pretty amazing to meet her--I kept thinking, "Wow, there's Kate Brian! Right there!!!"

November 29, 2007 12:06 PM  

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