Thursday, April 11, 2013

when you visit your publisher: an illustrated guide

As mentioned in Monday's ARC giveaway post, I just came back from a trip to NYC to meet with my editor, Molly O'Neill, and about a thousand other fine people at HarperCollins for the first time.

I had no idea what to expect from this visit. I fretted over it a little. If you are waiting on a publisher trip, perhaps you are fretting too. Fret no more! It turns out, visiting your publisher for the first time is more wonderful than you can possibly imagine. It is literally the stuff of fantasies. I am happy to report that all the glamorous things you were dreaming about are pretty much true.

In short:


1. You will meet your editor for the first time, and she will be valiant and wise.



2. You and your editor will go for lunch in a swanky restaurant, at which you will be so nervous and excited you can hardly eat your fancy salad.


3. Back at the publisher, you will be ushered to a big room that they have decorated with flowers (!) the same colors as your book (!!!)


4. ...and trays and trays of impossibly fancy cupcakes (!!!!) in intimidating flavors that are nevertheless absolutely delicious.


5. People will flood into this room, introducing themselves and chatting with you. Some of them will want you to sign books for them. You have never signed a book before, and it is THRILLING.



6. It will occur to you that all the people who are coming to talk to you are incredibly attractive and stylish. They are practically out of a magazine! You want to stare at them and possibly steal their clothes.


7. You will have fun conversations with these incredibly stylish people, and more people will come in and out saying hello.


8. Your editor will escort you to meeting with various Important People.



9. You will be permitted to raid the book shelves. You will take the verb "raid" literally. You will walk out looking like this:



10. You will hurry to catch a plane back to wherever you came from, feeling like the luckiest author on earth.



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In other news, you will all be relieved to hear that I have acquired underwear of my own and am no longer wearing Hippie Roommate's. Also, there is still time to enter the ARC giveaway!

You all look so glamorous today!

-H





20 comments:

  1. Ah! The book raid one!!!

    Lovely - and huge congratulations again. Looks like you are working with some fab people, and being fab yourself.

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    1. oh, they are wonderful! so friendly! so enthusiastic! most fun I've had in weeks ;)

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  2. I really, really like you. And I've put WILD AWAKE on my TBR Goodreads list in case I don't win the ARC. BUT. You have ruined this for me. If I get published and these things *don't* happen to me on a publisher visit, I will be CRUSHED. If there are no cupcakes and cover-color-coordinated flowers, no stylish people and no book raid, I will cry. I will hold you responsible.

    Congratulations, so very much. :)

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    1. ah, but you see, now I have set a precedent! so publishers who don't do color-coordinated flowers will need to ante up :)

      also, don't worry re: stylishness. I have been around a lot of publishing houses over my INTERN career, and have yet to stumble into a non-styling one.

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  3. Love the illustrations. Publishers don't sound as scary now. =)

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    1. I thought the visit was going to be way more serious and meeting-y...and was so pleasantly surprised at how fun it was!

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  4. what a relief to know this! thanks for sharing and congratulations! love your art!

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    1. thank you! sometimes when I spend too much time on the computer, I just need to switch to pencil and pen :) (next time, will need to take brighter photos, however!)

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  5. So! Cool! Cupcakes and swank and BOOKS. Thanks for sharing and illustrating :).

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    1. thank you! aaaah, it was so fantastic.

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  6. BOOKS. RAIDS. SIGNINGS... *Flails*

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    1. I KNOWWWWWWW!

      I had so many books to read on the plane, I had to keep alternating every fifteen minutes.

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  7. Love the illustrations and the enthusiasm. May we all be so lucky. : )


    -- Tom

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    1. Oh, you will be. I have a feeling :)

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  8. The underwear news is the best I've had today!

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  9. At the risk of inviting over-sharing, did the underwear you got come from incredibly attractive and stylish people who were also incredibly generous and, perhaps, now going incredibly commando?

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  10. What a lovely story. Congratulations! Made me laugh because when I had my visiting-my-publisher experience I too was struck by how well dressed they were. It was like walking into a scene from Sex and the City!

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  11. I loved Wild Awake! I am a bookseller at University Book Store in Seattle, WA and I can't wait to put Wild Awake into the hands of teens, teachers and librarians. I loved the characters and like many others I have a crush on "love-bisen." Congratulations on a great debut novel!

    -Caitlin Luce Baker

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  12. Sounds like a fabulous day! I can't wait to be able to read the book. :)
    ~Ailsa

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  13. Welcome back Intern. Look! You are an illustrator! Love this post, and can't wait to get my hands on Wild Awake! Drop a line if you are in the neighborhood.

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