I know I've already shown the new Daughter cover through the BEA banner and shots of the book itself, but I haven't yet posted a good clear image of the final version. Here it is! So cool!
And I wanted to quickly wrap up my last day at BEA, which included my first signing of Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
Signing books is a thrill that will never grow old, and Little, Brown made this signing totally cool by crafting -- by hand -- 200 of these cool silk bookmarks as placeholders in the line!
They came attached to the paper bookmark, above; and when you take them off, reveal a strip of dark blue silk with a hamsa charm on one end (symbol of warding against the evil eye), and a wishbone on the other. Both are important symbols from the book, and I love imagining that people are reading the ARCs right now with these bookmarks in hand! (Anyone? Anyone?)
So, walking through the convention center that morning on my way to the signing, the same thing happened as happened two years ago when I was going to be signing Lips Touch. I had forgotten this, until the instant of mortification recurred. It was this: I had seen the previous day which way the line wrapped around from the Little, Brown booth while Daniel Handler was signing. And so as I walked up the aisle, I looked anxiously for a line ... and saw -- ulp! -- nobody.
I don't know if Andrew (can you guess which one below is Andrew? :-) saw my expression freeze, but he quickly pointed the other way, and my heart resumed beating. Because halleluja there was a line. (As indeed there had been last time, with Lips Touch, double phew!)
|Amazing L,B folks: Tina, Lisa, Melanie, Alvina, Andrew, Stephanie|
Here are the lovely lovely folks in the front of the line. Thank you lovely folks for coming!!!
Because I am a gigantic dork, I actually videotaped the line too, but I will not inflict that terrible piece of cinematography on you. BEA is dang busy, and trying to walk a straight line with a flip cam in hand is not so easy! Below, the general direction of the line, with reader-traffic. Do not get trampled.
Hello book stack. I love you.
Sigh. That was so fun.
Aaand ... the rest of the day was just milling, trying to nab ARCs, and socializing! Here are wunder-editor Julie Strauss-Gabel of Dutton, who publishes, among others: John Green, my friend Stephanie Perkins, and below, Ally Condie. Ally was promoting Crossed, the sequel to Matched -- of which YES, I did acquire an ARC!
And here, Lisa McMann, author of Wake, of which my copy is inscribed, Yes, I really did write it in seven days. (But she took longer to rewrite it.) Lisa's new middle grade is The Unwanteds. ARC acquired.
And below, my two favorite New York writers, Sarah Beth Durst and Marie Rutkoski. Sarah I've known since our first books were about to come out in 2007. Her newest is Drink Slay Love, which sounds entirely awesome, and involves vampires and a were-unicorn. (ARC NOT obtained! *gimme gimme gimme*)
I met Marie online when her first novel, the wonderful wonderful middle grade fantasy The Cabinet of Wonders came out, and then in person at BEA two years ago. The third in the series is forthcoming in fall, and I can't WAIT to read it.
We all have two-year-olds (ish), and we all started out writing middle grade and have since moved into YA (what's up with that?), and we had so much fun hatching a big scheme that I very much hope will actually happen. I think it will. (Shhh. It's a secret.)
And then, what remained to do but eat pizza? My farewell-to-New York meal, at John's Pizza on Bleeker. So good so good.
Bye bye New York, see you next time!