In short, BookExpo America was simply amazing. I got to spend the week with the incredible team at Disney-Hyperion, and meet a bunch of D-H authors who have books coming out this summer/fall. I hung out with many of my fellow Apocalypsies, a group of authors with debut novels releasing in 2012. And I met so many people who love to read and blog about books, and that was wonderful to experience.
First stop: The show floor (wow, what a scene)! Here’s the team setting up the booth on Monday before the show opened. I wish I’d thought to take a photo of my own when the booth was finished, because it was fantastic.
It took a while for us to capture this image of me in front of the rotating board advertising the signing times of all the Disney-Hyperion authors, but we finally got it. Thank you, Tiffany Schmidt, for your patience (and for the funny collection of photos of me with other authors in the background! 😉 ).
Next stop: The Apocalypsies Mix & Mingle event! We had such a blast shaking hands with the readers who have already enjoyed our books or are eagerly anticipating their arrival. The room was packed beyond any of our expectations, and it was an amazing event, start to finish. Huge thanks to Lenore Appelhans, Kat Zhang, Zoraida Cordova, and Hilary Graham for everything they did to bring us all together.
(Photo shamelessly ripped off from Kim Sabatini’s awesome BEA recap)
After the Apocalypsies Mix & Mingle, I headed off to the Disney Publishing Dinner, which was even more incredible than I anticipated it would be. Each of us took turns telling attendees about ourselves and our books, and the crowd was very generous with their applause and kind words. I don’t have a single photo of that amazing night, but it will live in my memory for a long, long time.
I’m sure this won’t be the last time I’ll make this statement, but my whole BEA experience solidified what I already knew to be true: I am so unbelievably fortunate to have Disney-Hyperion as my publisher. They’re a class act, and I’m so incredibly proud to be in such impressive company and to call myself one of their authors.
I started the next day at the Author Breakfast, definitely a highlight of the show. Chris Colfer was a delightfully funny MC, and the panelists — including John Green, Lois Lowry, and Kadir Nelson — were equally amazing.
After a wonderful lunch with my editor, Lisa Yoskowitz, the two of us headed off to get ready for the Time Between Us signing!
Huge thanks to my literary agent, Caryn Wiseman, and my film agent, Michelle Weiner, who stopped by the signing and took the photos above!
Later that evening, I joined Lisa and the rest of the Disney-Hyperion team at the ABFFE’s (Mostly) Silent Children’s Art Auction & Reception to Support Free Speech for Young People. I had so much fun getting to know fellow D*H authors, Dan Krokos and Rachel Cohn, both of whom made me laugh out loud when I thought I was too tired to smile. And as an added bonus, I got to spend more time with Caryn Wiseman and some of her Andrea Brown Literary colleagues. I just adore those women.
People who know me well know that it takes a lot for me to say the words, “I need to sit down,” but by that point in the day, I had to say it a few times. Still, I found one last “second wind” and headed over to the Rooftop YA Author and Blogger Party, and once I arrived, I was glad I’d found the energy. What an incredible group of authors and book bloggers!
The next morning, I took a nice walk to a local recording studio where the D*H marketing team coached me through a video shoot for the Time Between Us book trailer. My session was bookended by two authors who have done this video shoot thing a few times before — Eoin Colfer and Ridley Pearson — so, you know, no pressure or anything. Of course, both of them were very kind and full of supportive words.
And at least I know I wasn’t alone with the nerves. Check out Alexandra Bracken’s BEA post (another great recap) for the Twitter conversation that followed the shoot (gosh, we make me laugh). Luckily, the marketing team is more than a little bit magical, so I’m sure all of us will have fantastic trailers despite our on-camera nerves!
Later that day, I met with the writer/director who is doing the film adaptation of Time Between Us, and had a chance to get to know him better. He is a delightful person and incredibly talented, and it was so fun to talk about the story and hear how the screenplay is progressing.
I ended the evening with a nice walk back to the hotel via The High Line, snapping photos and acting like the tourist I was.
Time to head home to my family!
I arrived to a houseful of homemade signs, and balloons and streamers — all in the colors of the Time Between Us cover — because yes, my husband, Mike, is THAT wonderful and supportive and adorable.
Love you back, kids!
It was such a great week, but it was especially nice to come home and be reminded how fortunate I am to be surrounded by the love and support of my family and friends. Those of you who weren’t at BEA but have been with me from the very beginning of this wild ride, you must know that you were there in spirit for every single minute.
Phew, what a trip! One last huge thank you to everyone at Disney-Hyperion for everything you did to make the week so perfect and unforgettable!