The past two days were the glam part of my job, as opposed to the tear-my-hair-out OMG my book is due and it's not finished don't tell my editor I'm blogging part of the job (Hi Donna!) that resumes tomorrow.
This morning I spent at the Random House Book Fair, which was incredibly fun -- I had a great crowd, and the women who write the Whimsical BakeHouse
books MADE ME A CUSTOM CUPCAKE of a shark (because of the shark in my little kid book, Toy Dance Party). I photographed it, but haven't downloaded photo yet. It was super cute. Then I ate it. Delicious. Thank you, Liv and Kaye!
I also got to hang out a bunch with Karin Slaughter
, who writes very scary adult thrillers but in person is extremely funny and has a cozy Georgia accent. (She also PEGGED me amazingly accurately. We were talking about colleges, and I didn't even tell a single story about where I'd gone or anything about my school except that it had no requirements and that was why I'd picked it -- and she said, where'd you go, Bryn Mawr? And I was like. Um. No. Vassar. Do I have Seven Sisters written all over me? And she was like, Pretty much, yeah. But she said it in a nice way).
The four of us also got to tour our publisher's warehouse, which was really, really fascinating and gave me new appreciation for all the great people who get books shipped out to bookstores, from the telephone reps to the pickers and the sorters and the managers and everyone. They drove us around indoors in LITTLE YELLOW GOLF-CART THINGS, which I really really liked. I would be happy to just drive around on one of them all day, they were so sporty and charming.
In other news, I had that Twitter contest where people had to make up hypothetical plots for Ruby Oliver book 4, Real Live Boyfriends, which comes out in Dec, 2010. The entries were hilarious and all of them better than what happens in the actual book. WInners are getting ARCs (early copies) of the novel.
Here are the winning entries:
roo&hutch form hair metal band Birkenstalker and fall in love while on house boat tour for their album Kiss My Fishnets
R'pierre missing; R&N investigate crime (+mocha latte.) Jackson, U-Dub* dropout, caught w help from Kim who now absolves Roo.
Anyway, thanks to all of you who entered, and if you're just now getting on Twitter, you can see them all at hashtag #RLBoyfriends.
More later. Book is due.
*U-Dub is what Seattlites call the University of Washington. (UW)