This past week was a cool milestone in my career as a writer. I went up to New York City to meet my editor, Kristin Daly Rens, for the first time, as well as the fabulous people behind the marketing and sales of The Madman's Daughter.
Lots of people are surprised to hear that I hadn't met my editor before. The deal for The Madman's Daughter went through about a year ago, and Kristin and I have talked many times, but always over email and phone. I've been dying to meet Kristin and the HarperCollins folks in person, and see where they worked, and also I'll take any excuse to talk about how excited I am about the book :)
The wonderful Kristin Daly Rens, aka Super Editor
Kristin and I met for breakfast where she debriefed me on all the craziness that was BEA (BookExpo America), which ended a few days ago, and we talked about blogs and marketing and Chapel Hill, where we both went to school, and all kinds of things. Then we went to the HarperCollins offices right next door, in the heart of downtown NYC. Kristin and her editorial assistant Sara Sargent had organized a meeting with tons of Balzer+Bray and Harper folks who work on The Madman's Daughter in various ways. I had no idea we were meeting with so many people, and it was incredible!
There was from Emilie (who also went to Chapel Hill...I'm detecting a trend!), Stefanie, and Jenna from marketing; Andrea, Fran, Deb, Liz, and Heather from sales, who work with Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other booksellers and distributors; the director of subrights, Jean; Molly, who works to market books to schools and libraries, and the fabulous Alessandra Balzer (of Balzer+Bray!), and Kate Jackson, editor-in-chief of Harper Children's and Susan Katz, the publisher of Harper Children's! Oh my gosh, just going over that list of amazing people (thanks, Kristin, for helping me remember everyone's names, hope I didn't forget anyone!) makes me excited all over again.
I had the best time talking to these folks. They have such amazing things planned for promoting The Madman's Daughter: a playlist for the book, a book trailer, blog tours, and so much more. I wasn't sure it was possible to get more excited about the book coming out, but after meeting them, I absolutely am.
I was only in the city for two days, so I didn't get much chance to sight-see while I was there, but I did go to an incredible production called Sleep No More. Some writer friends recommended seeing this, which is an immersive theater experience where the audience wears white masks and follows actors through a recreated 1920s-style, five story hotel set as they interpret MacBeth through a variety of mind-bending and totally insane ways. You've never seen anything like this, so if you're the kind of person who thinks this sounds cool, then I strongly encourage you to go see it!
I also met with my wonderful writer friend Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch and The Archived, at an adorable little cafe downtown, and then toured the studio where one of my favorite shows, Saturday Night Live, is recorded. All in all, the trip was so much fun and so inspiring, and I left New York feeling so incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love.
And some more news...the cover of The Madman's Daughter is going to be revealed on MONDAY! You will be able to see it first at the Young Adult Books Central blog on Monday, June 18. Please check it out on Monday and let me know what you think. I'm sure you'll all love it as much as I do.